This paper examines the form of insurance contracts in the presence of asymmetric information about consumers' accident probabilities. Our goal is to understand the adjustment in contract terms as a function of accident histories in a finite horizon model. We also compare these adjustments between alternative market structures. Our principal findings indicate that history dependent insurance contracts serve a useful sorting role. Individuals who declare themselves 'low risks' to insurance companies face adverse contractural terms if they subsequently have many accidents. These adjustments are strongest in the case of a single insurance seller but are present in the competitive model as well.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Industrial relations
- Aerospace Engineering
- Economics and Econometrics
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
- Strategy and Management
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering