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Home | News | Paper by Christian Stoltenberg and alumnus Piotr Denderski appeared in the Journal of Economic Theory
News | June 16, 2020

Paper by Christian Stoltenberg and alumnus Piotr Denderski appeared in the Journal of Economic Theory

The paper ‘Risk sharing with private and public information' by fellow Christian Stoltenberg (University of Amsterdam) and alumnus Piotr Denderski (University of Leicester, United Kingdom) has been published in the Journal of Economic Theory (March 2020).

Paper by Christian Stoltenberg and alumnus Piotr Denderski appeared in the Journal of Economic Theory
Abstract

In this paper, we revisit the conventional view on efficient risk sharing that advance information on future shocks is detrimental to welfare. In our model, risk-averse agents receive private and public signals on future income realizations and engage in insurance contracts with limited enforceability. Consistent with the conventional view, better private and public signals are detrimental to welfare when only one type of signal is informative. Our main novel result applies when both signals are informative. In this case, we show that better public information can improve the allocation of risk when private signals are sufficiently precise. More precise public signals spread out the outside option values of high-income agents with high and low public signals and their willingness to transfer resources to low-income agents decreases. With informative private signals, however, more informative public signals increase outside option values of agents with a high signal by less than outside options of agents with a low signal decrease, facilitating more transfers. The latter effect dominates the former when private signals are sufficiently precise

Article Citation:

Christian Stoltenberg and Piotr Denderski, “Risk sharing with private and public information”, Journal of Economic Theory . Volume 186, March 2020, article 104988. doi.org/10.1016/j.jet.2019.104988