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Behavioural Economics and Insurance: An Actuary’s View

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For insurers, understanding the decision processes of consumers buying insurance, and how those processes intersect with how actuaries and underwriters develop, price and market products, is becoming increasingly important.

It is clear that consumer purchase decision processes, not just in insurance but across the board, tend at times to seem less than logical. Final decisions will, more often than not, be based on gut instinct, rules of thumb, and aversion to loss. At times, consumers might even seem to disregard what is in their own best interests. And this is the fundamental concept behind behavioural economics: that people make financial decisions based more on emotion rather than on rational thought and analysis. Ms Jaqui Wassenaar of RGA Japan discusses.

Reprinted with permission of The Asia Insurance Review (AIR)
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The Author

  • Jaqui Wassenaar
    Head of Client and
    Strategic Solutions
    RGA Japan


The psychology and drivers of choice are becoming core elements in how life insurers are looking to meet fundamental challenges. The fast-growing field of behavioural economics, which looks at how individual biases affect purchase decisions, is becoming a more significant part of how insurers are developing and selling products.
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