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Self-Insurance and Self-Protection: A Nonexpected Utility Analysis


  • Kai A. Konrad

    (Department of Economics, University of Munich, Schackstrasse 4, D-80539 Munich, Germany)

  • Stergios Skaperdas

    (Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences, University of California, CA 92717 Irvine)


This paper studies the comparative statics of self-insurance and self-protection for individuals with rank-dependent expected utility preferences. In particular, proportional wealth risks, background risk, and limited liability are considered. Limited liability has a major impact on self-insurance and self-protection. It can reverse seemingly robust comparative static results for the case of self-insurance and can eliminate some puzzling ambiguities for the case of self-protection. The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance Theory (1993) 18, 131–146. doi:10.1007/BF01111466

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  • Kai A. Konrad & Stergios Skaperdas, 1993. "Self-Insurance and Self-Protection: A Nonexpected Utility Analysis," The Geneva Risk and Insurance Review, Palgrave Macmillan;International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics (The Geneva Association), vol. 18(2), pages 131-146, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:genrir:v:18:y:1993:i:2:p:131-146

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