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On insurance contract design for low probability events

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  • Eric Langlais

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L’article développe l’analyse de la structure optimale des contrats d’assurance, dans le cas des "événements à faible probabilité", c’est-à-dire, lorsqu’il existe une masse de probabilité sur l’événement sans accident. On discute l’optimalité de la clause de franchise à la fois de façon théorique et empirique.

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  • Eric Langlais, 2008. "On insurance contract design for low probability events," Cahiers du CEREFIGE 0809, CEREFIGE (Centre Europeen de Recherche en Economie Financiere et Gestion des Entreprises), Universite de Lorraine, revised 2008.
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    Keywords

    Optimal insurance design; low probability events; insurance coverage for catastrophic risks;

    JEL classification:

    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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