(Neutrally) Optimal Mechanism under Adverse Selection: The canonical insurance problem
Diasakos TM & Koufopoulos K (2018) (Neutrally) Optimal Mechanism under Adverse Selection: The canonical insurance problem. Games and Economic Behavior, 111, pp. 159-186. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geb.2018.04.007
This paper revisits the problem of adverse selection in the insurance market of Rothschild and Stiglitz (1976). We extend the three-stage game in Hellwig (1987) by allowing firms to endogenously choose whether or not to pre-commit on their contractual offers (menus). We show how this mechanism can deliver the Miyazaki–Wilson–Spence allocation as the unique perfect-Bayesian equilibrium. This allocation is the unique incentive-efficient and individually-rational maximizer of the utility of the most profitable type. In fact, given that the informed player has only two types, it is the unique core allocation and thus the unique neutral optimum in the sense of Myerson (1983).
Economics and Econometrics; Finance;
Games and Economic Behavior: Volume 111
|Publication date online||28/05/2018|
|Date accepted by journal||16/05/2018|