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A Continuous Model of Income Insurance

Assar Lindbeck and Mats Persson

No 756, Seminar Papers from Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies

Abstract: We develop a simple yet realistic model of income insurance, where the individual’s ability and willingness to work is treated as a continuous variable. In this framework, income insurance not only provides income smoothing, it also relieves the individual from particularly burdensome work. As a result, the individual adjusts his labor supply in a continuous fashion to the implicit tax wedge of the insurance system. Moral hazard, in the sense that an individual receives insurance benefits without actually being fully qualified, also becomes a matter of degree. Moreover, our continuous framework makes it easy to analyze both the role of administrative rejection of claims, and the role of social norms, for the utilization of insurance.

Keywords: Moral hazard; disability insurance; work absence; administrative rejection; asymmetric information; social norms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G22 H53 I38 J21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2008-08-29
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cta, nep-ias and nep-lab
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