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Guaranteed Renewability in Insurance

Mark V Pauly, Howard Kunreuther and Richard Hirth

Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 1995, vol. 10, issue 2, 143-56

Abstract: We propose a guaranteed renewability (GR) insurance in which a sequence of premiums would enable insurers to break even and would be chosen by both low- and high-risk buyers, whether or not they had suffered a loss. The premium schedule would continually decline over time, as the insurer collects more information to determine who the low-risk individuals leave for the spot market. The concluding portion of the article discusses the limitations of a GR policy in the health and environmental liability area, the most serious being instability in estimates of underlying loss trends. Copyright 1995 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

Date: 1995
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