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Next Mathematics Colloquium

On Thursday, April 2, 2015, Dr. Daniel Bauer, Associate Professor of Risk Management and Insurance at Georgia State University, will present a special ASRM colloquium on Adverse selection in secondary insurance markets: Evidence from the life settlement market

Abstract:  We use data from a large US life expectancy provider to test for asymmetric information in the secondary life insurance—or life settlement—market. We compare the average difference between realized lifetimes and estimated life expectancies for a sub-sample of settled policies relative to the entire sample. We find a significant positive difference indicating private information on mortality prospects. Using non-parametric estimates for the excess mortality and survival regressions, we show that the informational advantage is temporary and wears off over five to six years. We argue this is in line with adverse selection on an individual’s condition, which has important economic consequences for the life settlement market and beyond.

This colloquium will be held in 7800 York Road, Room 126 at 3:30 p.m., with light refreshments served after the talk, at 4:30 p.m. in YR 320

Recent Mathematics Colloquium Talks

Date Topic Speaker
Mar 6, 2015 Poincare-Betti series of monomial rings Dr. Gwyneth Whieldon,
Hood College
Nov 6, 2014 The Kadison-Singer problem (after Marcus, Spielman, and Srivastava) Dr. Vrej Zarikian,
US Naval Academy
Oct 16, 2014 Applications of topological dynamics to the representation theory of transformation groups Dr. Kostya Medynets,
US Naval Academy
May 8, 2014 Dimension of spline spaces on triangular partitions: A homological approach Dr. Nelly Villamizar,
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Apr 23, 2014 The Gibbs phenomenon: The saga Dr. James C. Alexander,
Case Western Reserve University
Mar 12, 2014 College geometry: Effective strategies to develop mathematical knowledge for teaching Dr. Tetyana Berezovski,
Saint Joseph's University
Feb 20, 2014 Carnegie: How Baltimore County Public Schools are using the Carnegie textbook to teach Common Core Math Standards in grades 6-8 and Algebra 1 Ms. Ellen Mangels,
Cockeysville Middle School, BCPS
Dec 13, 2013 Splines and their moduli Dr. Patrick Clarke,
Drexel University
Dec 5, 2013 Effectiveness of online instruction in basic statistics and algebra courses Dr. Min A,
Coppin State University
Nov 7, 2013 The Maryland Common Core curriculum in mathematics and the PARCC: What we know now Dr. Karen E.L. Ross,
Maryland Department of Education
Oct 24, 2013 Combinatorial trigonometry (and a method to DIE for) Dr. Arthur T. Benjamin,
Harvey Mudd College
Oct 9, 2013 An afternoon with Euler Dr. William Dunham,
Muhlenberg College
Sept 26, 2013 Controlling for unmeasured confounding in time to event analysis of longitudinal observational studies Dr. James Troendle,
Sept 19, 2013 A matrix connected with the Riemann Hypothesis Dr. Robert C. Vaughan,
Penn State University
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Department of Mathematics
7800 York Road, Room 316 (campus map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3091
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other area colloquia
  Johns Hopkins Department of Mathematics

  Johns Hopkins Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics

  Loyola University Mathematics & Sciences

  University of Maryland Baltimore County

  University of Maryland Mathematics Department




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