Consumption and Non-Life Insurance Demand With Ambiguous Mortality

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science
© 2021 by SSRG - IJHSS Journal
Volume 8 Issue 6
Year of Publication : 2021
Authors : Ming Zhou, Xuejiao Chen, Bing Liu
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Ming Zhou, Xuejiao Chen, Bing Liu, "Consumption and Non-Life Insurance Demand With Ambiguous Mortality," SSRG International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, vol. 8,  no. 6, pp. 13-22, 2021. Crossref,


This study considers the optimal consumption and non-life insurance demand for an individual who concerns about the ambiguous hazard rate of her/his lifetime. We formulate the ambiguity of the mortality in terms of Girsanov's probability measure changing by which the hazard rate changes with respect to the equivalent measures. For two cases without and with the consideration of the ambiguity aversion in the mortality, we respectively obtain the closed-form solutions for the value function, the robust consumption policy, and non-life insurance demand for the individual by using the technique of dynamic programming principle. Our findings can be concluded as follows. The ambiguity about the lifetime does not affect the non-life insurance demand policy because of independence between mortality risk and wealth risk. The insurance demand is increasing with respect to risk-free interest rate, the individual's wealth, age, and the maximum wealth loss, but decreasing with respect to the frequency of the wealth loss and the price of insurance. As for consumption, the individual saves more and consumes less at youth, and consumption is increasing between middle age and retirement, which is completely consistent with the people's behavior. The price of insurance has little impact on consumption, while the ambiguity about life has a significant impact on consumption. The more uncertain the reference model, the more the individual would like to consume.


ambiguous hazard rate; Robust consumption policy; HJB-equation; insurance demand


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