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Fine Art Insurance Policies and Risk Perceptions: The Case of Malta

Luke Pavia (), Simon Grima (), Inna Romanova () and Jonathan V. Spiteri ()
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Luke Pavia: Department of Insurance, Faculty of Economics, Management, and Accountancy, University of Malta, MSD2080 Msida, Malta
Inna Romanova: Department of Finance and Accounting, Faculty of Business, Management and Economics, University of Latvia, LV-1586 Riga, Latvia
Jonathan V. Spiteri: Department of Insurance, Faculty of Economics, Management, and Accountancy, University of Malta, MSD2080 Msida, Malta

JRFM, 2021, vol. 14, issue 2, 1-16

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to identify the risks that need to be addressed when holding fine art, determine which are perceived as being the most important, and whether the risk perception is influenced by demographic variables such as age, educational background, and field of occupation. To identify the risks and evaluate the risk perception, we used a purposely designed questionnaire and sent it via various sources of communication systems and applications to individuals knowledgeable on fine arts. Findings revealed that, generally, art deterioration, art fraud, and art theft are the three main highlighted risks, with art deterioration considered in the high-risk range. In terms of risk perception, forgery is the biggest concern. On the other hand, considerations of the investment value of art lessened perceived risk exposure. Furthermore, the study has shown that certain risk perceptions were influenced by the participants’ demographic variables. Both the identified risks and risk perception considerations analyzed within this study provide us with insights as to what needs to be considered when offering fine art insurance, particularly when it comes to which risks that are perceived as being the most pressing by potential policyholders, and how these perceptions vary according to individual demographics variables as noted above.

Keywords: fine art insurance; insurance policy; risk perception; risks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C E F2 F3 G (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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