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Be as safe as possible: A behavioral approach to the optimal corporate risk strategy of insurers

  • Zimmer, Anja
  • Gründl, Helmut
  • Schade, Christian
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    This paper empirically studies the impact of consumer reaction to default risk on an insurer's optimal solvency level. Using experimentally obtained data, we derive a price-default risk-demand-curve that serves as an input variable for the insurer's risk strategy. We show that an insurer should choose to be default-free rather than having even a very small default probability. This risk strategy is also optimal when assuming substantial transaction costs for risk management activities undertaken to achieve the maximum solvency level.

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    Paper provided by International Center for Insurance Regulation (ICIR), Goethe University Frankfurt in its series ICIR Working Paper Series with number 06/11.

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    Date of creation: 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:zbw:icirwp:0611
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