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Self-Protection, Information and the Precautionary Principle

  • Giovanni Immordino

    ([1] Gremaq, Universit� de Toulouse [2] CSEF, University of Salerno, V. Ponte Don Melillo 80084 Fisciano, Italy)

In this paper we examine the effect of information on investment in self-protection. We show that the relationship between more information and investment in self-protection is ambiguous in general. If absolute risk aversion is constant, then investment in self-protection always decreases with a better information structure. We show that if we interpret the Precautionary Principle as requiring more self-protection today, it is difficult to accept it on the grounds of efficiency, except for a particular subset of information structures. The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance Theory (2000) 25, 179–187. doi:10.1023/A:1008770530165

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Volume (Year): 25 (2000)
Issue (Month): 2 (December)
Pages: 179-187

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