MOB Seminar Series: Thomas Epper, University of St. Gallen

Title: A TALE OF TWO TAILS: Explaining the Underinsurance Puzzle

2018.02.07 | Bodil Krog

Date Thu 22 Feb
Time 12:00 13:00
Location Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V, building 2632(L), room 242

Presenter: Thomas Epper, University of St. Gallen

Title (and link to paper): A TALE OF TWO TAILS: Explaining the Underinsurance Puzzle (with Helga Fehr-Duda)

Abstract: Almost all important decisions in people’s lives entail risky consequences. Some of these decisions involve events that materialize with a low probability but lead to extreme consequences such as loss of total wealth or accidental death. When facing such rare extreme events, people display considerable risk aversion in some situations whereas in others the opposite is the case. For example, the prospect of airplane and stock market crashes triggers high risk aversion but there is a low willingness to take out hazard or life insurance. We address this puzzle by arguing that the timing of the consequences and of uncertainty resolution are crucial for understanding these phenomena. We show that future uncertainty conjointly with people’s proneness to probability distortions generates a unifying framework for explaining the coexistence of over- and underweighting of rare extreme events and, consequently, the underinsurance puzzle.

Organizer: Alexander Koch

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