41 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2008 Last revised: 13 May 2014
Date Written: April 1, 2011
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.
Keywords: deductible choices, risk preferences, insurance, stability
JEL Classification: D11, D83
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Barseghyan, Levon and Prince, Jeffrey and Teitelbaum, Joshua C., Are Risk Preferences Stable Across Contexts? Evidence from Insurance Data (April 1, 2011). American Economic Review, Vol. 101, No. 2, pp. 591-631, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1220663
By Alma Cohen