A simple insurance model: optimal coverage and deductible

Christopher Gaffney, Adi Ben-Israel

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An insurance model, with realistic assumptions about coverage, deductible and premium, is studied. Insurance is shown to decrease the variance of the cost to the insured, but increase the expected cost, a tradeoff that places our model in the Markowitz mean-variance model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-279
Number of pages17
JournalAnnals of Operations Research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Management Science and Operations Research


  • Deductible
  • Insurance
  • Markowitz mean-variance model
  • Optimal coverage

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