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On the role of patience in an insurance market with asymmetric information

  • Sonnenholzner, Michael
  • Wambach, Achim

We analyse a 2-period competitive insurance market which is characterized by the simultaneous presence of standard moral hazard and adverse selection with regard to consumer time preferences. It is shown that there exists an equilibrium in which patient consumers use high effort and buy a profit-making insurance contract with high coverage, whereas impatient consumers use low effort and buy a contract with low coverage or even remain uninsured. This finding may help to explain why positive profits and the opposite of adverse selection with regard to risk types can sometimes be observed empirically.

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Paper provided by Center for Financial Studies (CFS) in its series CFS Working Paper Series with number 2007/04.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:cfswop:200704
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