WP 2018

WP 2018-07 Smoking and Intertemporal Risk Attitudes

Posted On December 5, 2018
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ABSTRACT: Atemporal risk preferences, time preferences, and intertemporal risk preferences are central to economic explanations of addiction, but have received little attention in the experimental economic literature on substance use. We conduct an incentive-compatible experiment designed to elicit the atemporal risk preferences, time preferences, and intertemporal risk preferences of a… more »

WP 2018-04 Do People Bundle Sequences of Choices? An Experimental Investigation

Posted On July 16, 2018
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ABSTRACT: Economists and psychologists have sought to model and explain both impulsive behavior and the costly but often successful mechanisms by which people control it. Ainslie [1975][1992][2001] suggests that self-control is often achieved on account of a phenomenon he calls “choice bundling.” This refers to re-framing of series of discrete… more »

WP 2018-02 Reinsurance Versus Securitization of Catastrophe Risk

Posted On March 27, 2018
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ABSTRACT: We provide a novel explanation for the low volume of securitization in catastrophe risk transfer using a signaling model. Relative to securitization, reinsurance features lower adverse selection costs because reinsurers possess superior underwriting resources than ordinary capital market investors. Reinsurance premia, however, reflect markups over actuarially fair premia due to the… more »