ERIC Number: ED258870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Insurance is Everybody's Business. Series on Public Issues No. 15.
Caddy, Douglas; Dethloff, Henry C.
In this booklet, one of a series intended to apply economic principles to major social and political issues of the day, the workings of the American insurance industry, a central part of the American economy, are described. Insurance provides a means to transfer or spread risk, thus helping to assure economic survival despite chance, accident, or natural disaster. The discussion begins by considering the history of insurance from the time of Hammurabi to the present, with particular attention paid to the history of the insurance industry in the United States and the role of state regulation on the industry. Then insurance is defined and the differences between government and private insurance are discussed. Under private insurance, the difference between proprietary and cooperative insurers is explained. Also covered are the principle of risk, insurance contracts, underwriting and rating, and insurance losses. Life insurance, health insurance, automobile insurance, property insurance, and retirement and insurance are covered in separate sections. Among the areas discussed in these sections are types of coverage, rates, group and individual policies, Social Security, and Medicare. (IS)
Descriptors: Business, Capitalism, Economics, Economics Education, Federal Government, Government Role, Higher Education, History, Instructional Materials, Insurance, Public Policy, Secondary Education, State Government
Public Issues, Center for Free Enterprise, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related documents, see SO 016 513-526.