This paper examines the existence of provider-induced asymmetric information in the insurance market. The empirical data on comprehensive automobile insurance in Taiwan provide a unique opportunity to test our hypothesis. Consistent with this hypothesis, we find evidence that providers do induce asymmetric information problems. Our empirical results show that the conditional correlation between the coverage level and the occurrence of a claim is higher for insurance policies sold through dealer-owned agents than for those sold through other marketing channels.
American Risk and Insurance Association 2007 annual Meeting