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The Impact of Insurance Fraud Detection Systems

  • Joerg Schiller

    (University of Hamburg)

The purpose of this paper is to characterize the impact of fraud detection systems on the auditing procedure and the equilibrium insurance contract, when a policyholder can report a loss that never occurred. Insurers can only detect fraudulent claims through a costly audit (costly state verification). With a fraud detection system insurers can depend their audit on the signal of the system and auditing becomes more effective. This paper presents conditions under which insurance fraud and the resulting welfare losses can be reduced by the implementation of a costly fraud detection system that is supplied by an external third party.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 05 Sep 2003
Date of revision: 02 Oct 2003
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpmi:0309003
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