The Cat Insurance Puzzle: Why People insure their Cellphone but not their Home

The cat insurance puzzle refers to the low or missing demand for high-severity-low-probability events, which is surprising given the high demand for low-value insurance products such as cell phone insurance policies. While the loss of a cellphone is usually an event of no or low consequence, the loss of a home to a family or a large property loss to a business owner can potentially be fatal. This talk will evaluate and discuss underlying reasons for this puzzle and suggest solutions for practice.

About The Speakers

Annette Hofmann

Annette Hofmann

Robert F. Corroon Chair in Risk, Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management at St. John's University

Annette has over 15 years of research and teaching experience in the field of risk management and insurance economics, with more than 35 publications in this field as well as over ten years of experience as an active faculty member at different Business Schools after completion of her Ph.D.