Risk, Information and Insurance

Risk, Information and Insurance : Essays in the Memory of Karl H. Borch

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Orio Giarini The "Geneva Association" (International Association for the Study of Risk and Insurance Economics) was founded in 1973. The main goal was to stimulate and organize objective research in the field of risk, uncertainty, and insurance, in a world in which such issues were clearly becoming of greater and greater relevance for all economic actors. This was a pioneer- ing effort, especially as economic theory and the teaching of economics were still anchored to the key notion of general equilibrium under an assumption of certainty. Thus, we had to start our work almost from scratch. One of the first initiatives was to bring together in Geneva, in June of 1973, all the academics in Europe already involved in risk and insurance economics. We found eight from five different countries who never had met before. This seminar chaired by Raymond Barre, the first president of The Geneva Association, was the first of an annual series that became known as the seminar of "The European Group of Risk and Insurance Economists." Since then more than 100 economists from most European countries as well as participants from two other continents and in particular from the United States have taken part in this seminar.
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  • Hardback | 274 pages
  • 166.6 x 246.9 x 21.6mm | 576.07g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1991 ed.
  • XIV, 274 p.
  • 0792390415
  • 9780792390411

Table of contents

1 Introduction.- 2 Borch's Theorem: A historical survey of applications.- I: Economics of Uncertainty.- 3 The role of securities and labor contracts in the optimal allocation of risk-bearing.- 4 Proportional risk aversion and saving decisions under uncertainty.- II: Economics of Information.- 5 The welfare economics of moral hazard.- 6 Problems of equilibria in insurance markets with asymmetric information.- 7 Moral hazard and insurance market structure.- 8 The effects of organizational form on capital structure: The case of stock and mutual property-liability insurance firms.- III: Economics of Insurance.- 9 Strategic growth and profit policy of insurance companies.- 10 (De)regulation of insurance markets.- 11 Price regulation and segmented insurance markets.- 12 The microstructure of the London insurance market.- 13 Do shares in other insurance companies reduce the solvency margin of an insurer?.- Author Index.- Subjetc Index.
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