Government interventions in microinsurance: Evidence from China

Yu Yan*, Michael Faure

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The microinsurance market suffers from severe market failures; thus, government interventions are increasingly used to stimulate its functioning. Our article evaluates, from a law and economics perspective, whether these interventions are effective in increasing access to insurance without inducing moral hazard and adverse selection. We then use this framework to evaluate typical types of government interventions in the Chinese microinsurance market (subsidisation, simplification, use of group policy and established distribution channels). Using practical cases, we further identify solutions to remedy the market frictions induced by government interventions. We find that government interventions are only effective under certain conditions: (1) stable and smartly designed subsidies are provided or innovative market practices are subsidised; (2) insurance policies are easy to understand; (3) product distributors are properly trained or licensed; (4) group policies can be renewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-467
Number of pages28
JournalGeneva Papers on Risk and Insurance: Issues and Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements Yu Yan acknowledges financial support from the Postdoctoral Research Foundation of China (2020M671931) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (CN) (20720191065).

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  • SAI 2008-06 BACT


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