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Public insurance and private markets

Author: Jeffrey R Brown
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : AEI Press ; Lanham, Md. : Distributed by Rowman & Littlefield, ©2010.
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"As America debates the merits of government-provided health insurance, it is important to note that the U.S. government is already the largest insurance provider in the world. For decades, it has used taxpayer funds to support the world's largest health insurance programs (Medicare and Medicaid) as well as the biggest pension and disability insurance system (Social Security). The recent economic crisis has prompted  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2010001639
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey R Brown
ISBN: 0844743410 9780844743417
OCLC Number: 847610299
Notes: "This publication is a project of the National Research Initiative, a program of the American Enterprise Institute ..."--Page [iv].
Description: 1 online resource (x, 229 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents: Introduction: What role should the government play in insuring private market risk? / Jeffrey R. Brown --
Deposit insurance reform / George G. Pennacchi --
Reforming the pension benefit guaranty corporation / Jeffrey R. Brown and Andrew G. Biggs --
Does the terrorism insurance market still need government support? / Dwight Jaffee and Thomas Russell --
Market and government failure in insuring and mitigating natural catastrophes : how long-term contracts can help / Howard C. Kunreuther and Erwann O. Michel-Kerjan --
Managing flood risk : the national flood insurance program and alternatives / Mark J. Browne and Martin Halek --
Private and public roles in providing agricultural insurance in the United States / Vincent H. Smith and Barry K. Goodwin.
Responsibility: Jeffrey R. Brown, editor.

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"As America debates the merits of government-provided health insurance, it is important to note that the U.S. government is already the largest insurance provider in the world. For decades, it has used taxpayer funds to support the world's largest health insurance programs (Medicare and Medicaid) as well as the biggest pension and disability insurance system (Social Security). The recent economic crisis has prompted the government to dramatically increase its insurance role by assuming large equity positions in private firms and bailing out troubled mortgage buyers and sellers. Do public insurance programs improve social welfare? Or does government intervention risk moral hazard and result in inefficient programs that would be better handled by the private sector? In Public Insurance and Private Markets, leading economists critically examine the government's role in insuring against pension fund shortfalls, crop losses, property damage from floods and other natural catastrophes, bank failures, and terrorism. Jeffrey R. Brown and his coauthors argue that government intervention must always be economically justified; that risk-adjusted premiums are essential; that the true taxpayer burden for public insurance programs must be recognized; and that private markets are capable of transferring risk with limited government intervention. Poorly designed government insurance programs result in misallocation of resources, excessive risk-taking, and potentially enormous burdens on current and future taxpayers. Public Insurance and Private Markets offers market-based guidelines for the proper scope of government intervention and the design of public insurance programs--guidelines that will benefit the U.S. economy and protect the resources of future generations"--Provided by publisher.

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