Research and Publications
Are Risk Preferences Stable across Contexts? Evidence from Insurance Data
2011, American Economic Review
Levon Barseghyan, Jeff Prince, Joshua Teitelbaum
Using a unique data set, we test whether households' deductible choices in auto and home insurance reflect stable risk preferences. Our test relies on a structural model that assumes households are objective expected utility maximizers and claims are generated by household-coverage specific Poisson processes. We find that the hypothesis of stable risk preferences is rejected by the data. Our analysis suggests that many households exhibit greater risk aversion in their home deductible choices than their auto deductible choices. We find that our results are robust to several alternative modeling assumptions.
Barseghyan, Levon, Jeff Prince, and Joshua Teitelbaum (2011), “Are Risk Preferences Stable across Contexts? Evidence from Insurance Data,” American Economic Review, 101(2): 591–631.
deductible choices, risk preferences, insurance, stability