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Tax Deductions for Losses and Equilibrium in Competitive Insurance Markets

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  • Chu-Shiu Li

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  • Chwen-Chi Liu

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  • Chen-Sheng Yang

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This paper examines how tax deductions related to uninsured personal losses may be Pareto-improving if there are inefficiencies in insurance markets in the context of adverse selection by including individuals with different risk types. In the absence of moral hazard, we provide a positive view of loss deduction policies by showing that they more easily reach a separating equilibrium than does the free market in the Rothschild and Stiglitz equilibrium concept. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2010

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  • Chu-Shiu Li & Chwen-Chi Liu & Chen-Sheng Yang, 2010. "Tax Deductions for Losses and Equilibrium in Competitive Insurance Markets," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 38(1), pages 51-63, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:38:y:2010:i:1:p:51-63
    DOI: 10.1007/s11293-009-9210-x
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    Keywords

    Tax deduction; Insurance premium; Adverse selection; Separating equilibrium; D82; H24;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies

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