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Risks 2018, 6(2), 60;

Risk Aversion, Loss Aversion, and the Demand for Insurance

Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, IÉSEG School of Management, 3 rue de la Digue, 59000 Lille, France
Department of Statistics and Quantitative Methods, University of Milano-Bicocca, Via Bicocca degli Arcimboldi 8, 20126 Milano, Italy
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Received: 27 March 2018 / Revised: 18 May 2018 / Accepted: 22 May 2018 / Published: 25 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Perspectives in Actuarial Risk Management)
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In this paper we analyze insurance demand when the utility function depends both upon final wealth and the level of losses or gains relative to a reference point. Besides some comparative statics results, we discuss the links with first-order risk aversion, with the Omega measure, and with a tendency to over-insure modest risks that has been been extensively documented in real insurance markets. View Full-Text
Keywords: first-order risk aversion; stochastic dominance; insurance; expected utility first-order risk aversion; stochastic dominance; insurance; expected utility
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Eeckhoudt, L.; Fiori, A.M.; Rosazza Gianin, E. Risk Aversion, Loss Aversion, and the Demand for Insurance. Risks 2018, 6, 60.

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