Special Aspects of Insurance Economics


Fangyuan Zhang


Masterseminar 2/0 SWS


This seminar takes place as a block seminar. The attendance at all seminar dates is required.

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Further Information

The seminar will be held in English.

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A preliminary seminar meeting will take place on a date to be announced, at the Institute of Insurance Science (room 1.69, HeHo 20).


In this seminar, we are going to focus on some topics in life and pension insurance. We are specifically dealing with different types of risk inherent in a life insurance contract and optimal retirement products. The seminar is based on scientific papers that summarize recent results in this area.

It is possible to work on self-proposed topics.

Target Group

The seminar is suitable for Master students in Wirtschaftsmathematik, Wirtschaftswissenschaften or Finance. Previous knowledge in Personenversicherungsmathematik, Insurance Economics and Finanzmathematik 1 are helpful.

Seminar Performance

Typically, seminar papers are distributed to a group of 2 students.

The seminar performance consists of three parts:

  • A seminar presentation about a selected topic. The presentation typically includes some theoretical derivations / model introduction and some numerical part that applies the results in a realistic setup.

Duration of the presentation: 90 minutes (including discussion).

  • A written formulation of the presentation documents as a support for the participants of a maximum length of two pages.

Delivery of the presentation documents: at least one week before the presentation via e-mail to an.chen@uni-ulm.de. The creation of the presentation documents is a performance of the whole group.

  • Active participation in this seminar.

Based on the performance, every participant will be credited with an (internal) grade.

Seminar Papers

1.         Broeders, D., R. Mehlkopf  and van Ool, A. (2018). The economics of sharing macro-longevity risk. Working paper.

2.         Donnelly, C. and Young, J. (2017). Product options for enhanced retirement income. British Actuarial Journal, Vol. 22 (3), pp. 636–656.

3.         Hanbali, H., Denuit, M., Dhaene, J., and Trufin, J. (2019). A dynamic equivalence principle for systematic longevity risk management. Insurance: Mathematics and Economics 86, 158-167.

4.         Milevsky, M. A., & Huang, H. (2011). Spending Retirement on Planet Vulcan: The Impact of Longevity Risk Aversion on Optimal Withdrawal Rates (corrected July 2011). Financial Analysts Journal, 67(2), 45-58.

5.         Milevsky, M. A., & Huang, H. (2018). The Utility Value of Longevity Risk Pooling: Analytic Insights. Working paper.

6.         Milevsky, M. A., & Salisbury, T. S. (2015). Optimal retirement income tontines. Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, 64, 91-105.

7.         Hu, W. Y., & Scott, J. S. (2007). Behavioral obstacles in the annuity market. Financial Analysts Journal, 63(6), 71-82.  (& Chen, A., Haberman, S. and Thomas, S. (2016), Cumulative Prospect Theory, Deferred Annuities and the Annuity Puzzle. Working paper. Available at SSRN: ssrn.com/abstract=2862792)

8.         Scott, J. S., Watson, J. G., & Hu, W. Y. (2011). What makes a better annuity?. Journal of Risk and Insurance, 78(1), 213-244.

9.         Chen, A., Haberman, S., & Thomas, S. (2018). The implication of the hyperbolic discount model for the annuitisation decisions. Journal of Pension Economics & Finance, 1-20.