Rainfall or Rainmaking? Lawyers, Courts, and the Price of Mold Insurance in Texas
Charles M. North
Baylor University Department of Economics
James R. Garven
Baylor University - Department of Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Carl R. Gwin
October 19, 2011
Journal of Risk and Insurance, Forthcoming
In well-functioning property-liability insurance markets, the price of coverage reflects the impact of the legal environment on the frequency and severity of claims. This paper presents a case study of the Texas mold insurance crisis of 2001-02. We provide a narrative of the controversy in Texas over insurance coverage for household mold and use county-level data from a single Texas insurer to assess the determinants of post-crisis prices for supplemental mold, slab, and extended water loss coverages. We find that more attorneys per capita and more heavily Democratic courts were both associated with higher prices for mold and slab coverage.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
JEL Classification: G22, K41
Date posted: October 21, 2011 ; Last revised: August 27, 2012
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