Health shock risk, critical illness insurance, and housing services

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This paper studies a consumption–investment problem involving health shock risk, perishable consumption, and consumption of housing services. Additionally to a risk-free asset and a stock index, the agent can invest in real estate. I analyze the impact of health shocks on the optimal consumption and investment decisions in model specifications with and without the possibility to buy critical illness insurance. I discuss the influence of critical illness insurance on the optimal strategy and analyze the drivers of the optimal critical illness insurance demand. The results indicate that health shock risk has potentially devastating consequences, especially for young agents. It turns out that critical illness insurance is an excellent instrument for hedging health shock risk and for consumption smoothing across different health states. Optimal critical illness insurance demand is decreasing in financial wealth and increasing in human wealth. Real estate prices have a minor influence on optimal critical illness insurance demand.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-128
Number of pages18
JournalInsurance: Mathematics and Economics
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Critical illness insurance
  • Health shock risk
  • Housing investments
  • Portfolio choice


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