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On Insurance Contract Design For Low Probability Events


This paper extends the analysis of insurance contracts design to the case of "low probability events", when there is a probability mass on the "no accident-zero loss"-event. The optimality of the deductible clause is discussed both at the theoretical and empirical levels.

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Article provided by Spiru Haret University, Faculty of Financial Management and Accounting Craiova in its journal Journal of Applied Economic Sciences.

Volume (Year): 3 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2(4)_Summer2008 ()

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Handle: RePEc:ush:jaessh:v:3:y:2008:i:2(4)_summer2008:24
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