In insurance industry, product disclosure statements (PDSs) consist of descriptions of uncertain contingencies by the insurance plans (e.g., “hospital coverage”, “dental coverage”, etc.) and are often very different. In this paper, we model PDSs as information partitions of the state space, which can influence how a consumer perceives the structure of her choice problem and hence her deductible choices. We study a model of an insurance company that aims to promote profit by designing the framing of its PDS. We compare the company’s profits under two PDSs, one of which is coarser than the other. Our main results show that under simple conditions, the PDS consisting of finer partitions of the more expensive states is more profitable.
D11, D86, D91
Original Release Date: February 4, 2020
Department of Economics, Iowa State University
Burkovskaya, Anastasia and Li, Jian, "Comparative Profitability of Product Disclosure Statements" (2020). Economics Working Papers: Department of Economics, Iowa State University. 20002.