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Déterminants de l’inassurabilité du risque de longévité et marché de la rente viagère

  • Albouy, François-Xavier
  • Xuan, Hélène
  • Chevallier, Christine
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    The rise in life expectancy increases the likelihood that the proportion of the population living to an age at which their means will be exceeded and exposes the states and numerous institutions to an important longevity risk. The stakes are the optimal management of this social risk. Economic theory considers the life annuities to be an excellent method for mitigating this risk. However, the annuities market, purely private and voluntary, is poorly developed in Europe and the United States. The reasons for this under development are not clear. This article considers a number of theoretical and empirical determinants of uninsurability and provides evidence for its causes. Furthermore, it discusses the means for managing and financing the longevity risk, without proposing a unique solution. The paper concludes by suggesting a way to simplify existing insurance products, making them more flexible and less risky. In addition, the policy maker should attempt to reduce market imperfections and intervene to share risk equitably between generations.

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    Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/11544.

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    Date of creation: 2011
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    Publication status: Published in Revue française d'économie, 2011, Vol. XXVI, no. 4. pp. 81-119.Length: 38 pages
    Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/11544
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