Policy Documents

Age and Gender Effects on Auto Liability Insurance Payouts

Helen Doerpinghaus. Joan Schmit and Jason Jia-Hsing Yeh –
September 1, 2008

We examine the relationship between claimant demographic characteristics (specifically, gender, age, and marital status) and the relative size of automobile third-party settlements.We present three possible theories to explain differences in payouts associated with gender and age: variations in risk attitudes, variations in negotiating costs, and discrimination. Results of empirical testing are consistent with differences in settlement amounts, particularly with respect to gender. These differences are examined and discussed along with suggestions for future research.