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Advantageous Effects of Regulatory Adverse Selection in the Life Insurance Market

Mattias K Polborn (), Michael Hoy () and Asha Sadanand

Economic Journal, 2006, vol. 116, issue 508, 327-354

Abstract: We analyse the effects of regulations prohibiting the use of information to risk-rate premiums in a life insurance market. New information derived from genetic tests is likely to become increasingly relevant in the future. Many governments prohibit the use of this information, thereby generating 'regulatory adverse selection'. In our model, individuals early in their lives know neither their desired level of life insurance later in life nor their mortality risk, but learn both over time. We obtain both positive and normative results that differ qualitatively from those in standard, static models. Legislation prohibiting the use of genetic tests for ratemaking may increase welfare. Copyright 2006 Royal Economic Society.

Date: 2006
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