Rainfall or Rainmaking? Lawyers, Courts, and the Price of Mold Insurance in Texas
23 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2012
Date Written: September 2012
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 article presents a case study of the Texas mold insurance crisis of 2001–2002. 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 postcrisis 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.
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