This article uses life insurance data to estimate the Pratt-Arrow coefficient of relative risk aversion for each of nearly 2,400 households. Attitudinal differences toward pure risk are then examined across demographic subgroups. Additionally, differences in speculative risk-taking are examined across demographic groups based on survey responses and compared with the results on pure risk aversion.
The Journal of Risk and Insurance publishes rigorous, original research in insurance economics and risk management. This includes the following areas of specialization: (1) industrial organization of insurance markets; (2) management of risks in the private and public sectors; (3) insurance finance, financial pricing, financial management; (4) economics of employee benefits, pension plans, and social insurance; (5) utility theory, demand for insurance, moral hazard, and adverse selection; (6) insurance regulation; (7) actuarial and statistical methodology; and (8) economics of insurance institutions. Both theoretical and empirical submissions are encouraged. Empirical work should provide tests of hypotheses based on sound theoretical foundations. JSTOR provides a digital archive of the print version of The Journal of Risk and Insurance. The electronic version of The Journal of Risk and Insurance is available at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/servlet/useragent?func=showIssues&code;=jori. Authorized users may be able to access the full text articles at this site.
The American Risk and Insurance Association (ARIA) is a worldwide group of academic, professional, and regulatory leaders in insurance, risk management, and related areas, joined together to advance the study and understanding of the field. Founded in 1932, ARIA emphasizes research relevant to the operational concerns and functions of insurance and risk management professionals and provides resources, information, and support on important insurance and risk management issues. Two main goals of the organization are 1) to expand and improve academic instruction of risk management and insurance, and, 2) to encourage research on all significant aspects of risk management and insurance.