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Repeated Insurance Relationships in a Costly State Verification Model: With an Application to Deposit Insurance

  • Smith, Bruce D.
  • Wang, Cheng

We consider the problem of an insurer who enters into a repeated relationship with a set of risk averse agents in the presence of ex post verification costs. The insurer wishes to minimize the expected cost of providing these agents a certain expected utility level. We characterize the optimal contract between the insurer and the insured agents. We then apply the analysis to the provision of deposit insurance. Our results suggest - in a deposit insurance context - that it may be optimal to utilize the discount window early on, and to make deposit insurance payments only later, or not at all.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 5194.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 1998
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Monetary Economics 1998, vol. 42, pp. 207-240
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:5194
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