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On the Revelation of Private Information in the U.S. Crop Insurance Program

Alan Ker () and A. Tolga Ergun

Journal of Risk & Insurance, 2007, vol. 74, issue 4, 761-776

Abstract: The crop insurance program is a prominent facet of U.S. farm policy. The participation of private insurance companies as intermediaries is justified on the basis of efficiency gains. These gains may arise from either decreased transaction costs through better established delivery channels and/or the revelation of private information. We find empirical evidence suggesting that private information is revealed by insurance companies via their reinsurance decisions. However, it is unlikely that such information will be incorporated into subsequent premium rates by the government.

Date: 2007
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