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Competitive insurance market in the presence of ambiguity

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  • Anwar, Sajid
  • Zheng, Mingli

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Within the context of a competitive insurance market, this paper examines the impact of ambiguity on the behavior of buyers and sellers. Ambiguity is described through a probability measure on an extended state space that includes extra ambiguous states. It is shown that if insurers face the same or less ambiguity than their customers, a unique equilibrium exists where customers are fully insured. On the other hand, if insurers face more ambiguity than their customers, customers will be under insured and it is even possible that customers may not purchase any insurance.

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  • Anwar, Sajid & Zheng, Mingli, 2012. "Competitive insurance market in the presence of ambiguity," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 50(1), pages 79-84.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:insuma:v:50:y:2012:i:1:p:79-84
    DOI: 10.1016/j.insmatheco.2011.09.001
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    Keywords

    Ambiguity; Competitive equilibrium; Insurance market; Risk;

    JEL classification:

    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies

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