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Beyond Testing: Empirical Models of Insurance Markets

Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, Jonathan Levin

NBER Working Paper No. 15241
Issued in August 2009
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We describe recent advances in the empirical analysis of insurance markets. This new research proposes ways to estimate individual demand for insurance and the relationship between prices and insurer costs in the presence of adverse and advantageous selection. We discuss how these models permit the measurement of welfare distortions arising from asymmetric information and the welfare consequences of potential government policy responses. We also discuss some challenges in modeling imperfect competition between insurers, and outline a series of open research questions.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w15241

Published: Liran Einav & Amy Finkelstein & Jonathan Levin, 2010. "Beyond Testing: Empirical Models of Insurance Markets," Annual Review of Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 2(1), pages 311-336, 09. citation courtesy of

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