2018

Social Norms in Social Insurance

Reprint No. 2018:61

Author(s): Assar Lindbeck and Mats PerssonYear: 2018 Title: Journal of Political Economy Volume (No.): 126 (S1) Pages: S116–S139
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We analyze how insurance arrangements, labor supply, moral hazard, and outright cheating are affected by social norms. One question is under what conditions norms may improve social welfare. Another is under what conditions people should be allowed to opt out of social insurance. We introduce an informal production sector to analyze the consequences of alternative assumptions about the information available to norm enforcers. This highlights one important aspect of norms, namely, that they may compensate for the insurer’s limited information.


Reference:
Lindbeck, Assar and Mats Persson (2018), "Social Norms in Social Insurance". Journal of Political Economy 126(S1), S116–S139.

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