A Dynamic Analysis of the Demand for Life Insurance
Journal of Risk and Insurance, Forthcoming
31 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2010 Last revised: 20 Jan 2012
Date Written: December 29, 2011
Prior research suggests that neither the choice to own life insurance nor the amount purchased is consistently related to the presence of children in the household. While these perplexing findings are based on a static framework, we alternatively examine life insurance demand in a dynamic framework as a function of changes in household life cycle and financial condition. Our results indicate both a statistically and economically significant relation between life events, such as new parenthood, and the demand for life insurance. We also provide new evidence in support of the emergency fund hypothesis: Households in which either spouse has become unemployed are more likely than other households to surrender their whole life insurance.
Keywords: Life Insurance Demand, Family Life Cycle, Survey of Consumer Finances, Emergency Fund Hypothesis
JEL Classification: G22
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