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Risks 2016, 4(4), 38; doi:10.3390/risks4040038

A Note on Health Insurance under Ex Post Moral Hazard

Department of Economics, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau Cedex, France
Academic Editor: Mogens Steffensen
Received: 11 August 2016 / Revised: 12 October 2016 / Accepted: 20 October 2016 / Published: 25 October 2016
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Abstract

In the linear coinsurance problem, examined first by Mossin (1968), a higher absolute risk aversion with respect to wealth in the sense of Arrow–Pratt implies a higher optimal coinsurance rate. We show that this property does not hold for health insurance under ex post moral hazard; i.e., when illness severity cannot be observed by insurers, and policyholders decide on their health expenditures. The optimal coinsurance rate trades off a risk-sharing effect and an incentive effect, both related to risk aversion. View Full-Text
Keywords: health insurance; ex post moral hazard; coinsurance health insurance; ex post moral hazard; coinsurance
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