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An experimental approach to the effectiveness of an incentive system against moral hazard in the insurance market


  • Atsushi Takao
  • Mahito Okura


Although traditional Japanese insurance theory has tended to assume the basic altruism of policyholders, this assumption may not be warranted. Many people might be opportunists rather than altruists. So in the actual insurance market, moral hazard may occur not accidentally but naturally. Without effective incentive mechanisms, policyholders may deviate from their original purpose. It is important to design penalties as negative incentives for the control and prevention of moral hazard. We test these propositions here by means of a game theory and questionnaire. The reason why we use a game theory and carry out the questionnaire is that it is not suitable to apply the econometric model to collect reliable data about moral hazard.

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  • Atsushi Takao & Mahito Okura, 2001. "An experimental approach to the effectiveness of an incentive system against moral hazard in the insurance market," Journal of Risk Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 4(3), pages 291-301, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jriskr:v:4:y:2001:i:3:p:291-301
    DOI: 10.1080/13669870010004960

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    1. Martin J. Osborne & Ariel Rubinstein, 1994. "A Course in Game Theory," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262650401, January.
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    1. √ėyvind Kvalnes, 2011. "Blurred Promises: Ethical Consequences of Fine Print Policies in Insurance," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 103(1), pages 77-86, April.

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