Question: the town of scoville has 2200 family units for simplicity...
The town of Scoville has 2,200 family units. For simplicity, we will take each family unit to be one person. Each person is an expected utility maximizer with the "square root" Bernoulli utility function: u(x)=√x. There are two types of inhabitants: 200 have a wealth of $700,000, and they have houses worth $300,000 each (the total wealth includes the house); the remaining 2,000 people have a wealth of $150,000 each, and they have houses worth $100,000 (and the total wealth again includes the house). For any house, there is a 1% chance that it would have a fire in any given year. If there is a fire, the loss to the inhabitant would be 80% of the value of the house.
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Suppose that there is one insurance company in Scoville. They offer insurance to everyone in town, and the policy they offer would pay the full amount of the loss to the policy holder in case of a fire.
How much would they be able to charge for insurance to the wealthier inhabitants?
How much would they be able to charge for insurance to the less wealthy inhabitants?
What would be the expected loss in any given year that the insurance company would have to pay out?
How much would be the expected profit of the insurance company?