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Catastrophic risk : Social influences on insurance decisions

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  • Krawczyk, Michal
  • Trautmann, Stefan

    (Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management)

  • van de Kuilen, Gijs

    (Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management)

Abstract

We study behavioral patterns of insurance demand for low-probability large-loss events (catastrophic losses). Individual patterns of belief formation and risk attitude that were suggested in the behavioral decisions literature emerge robustly in the current set of insurance choices. However, social comparison effects are less robust. We do not find any evidence for peer effects (through social-loss aversion or imitation) on insurance take-up. In contrast, we find support for the prediction that people underweight others’ relevant information in their own decision making.
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  • Krawczyk, Michal & Trautmann, Stefan & van de Kuilen, Gijs, 2016. "Catastrophic risk : Social influences on insurance decisions," Other publications TiSEM 32c55717-0cd7-46b0-8f2b-6, Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management.
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    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies

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