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Background Uuncertainty and the Demand for Insurance against Insurable Risks

Theory suggests that people facing higher uninsurable background risk buy more insurance against other risks that are insurable. This proposition is supported by Italian cross-sectional data. It is shown that the probability of purchasing casualty insurance increases with earnings uncertainty. This finding is consistent with consumer preferences being characterised by decreasing absolute prudence

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Paper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 02.

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Publication status: Published in The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance Theory, May 1998, vol. 23, pages 7-27
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