Independent Research and Policy Advocacy

Can information disclosures influence life insurance purchase decisions for low-income households?

There are several reasons for low take-up of life insurance policies in general and specifically low take-up of term life insurance. These factors range from supply side barriers such as misaligned incentive structures for agents selling life insurance policies, lack of availability and accessibility to a larger suite of life insurance products customized to the needs of low-income households to demand-side barriers such as household’s contextual factors that limit their awareness and priority for a life insurance product and their behavioural preferences pertaining to life insurance products.

An Emphasis on Disclosure

Subsequent to our earlier post that briefly laid out the three approaches to consumer protection that were discussed in the IFMR Financial Systems Design Conference 2012, upcoming posts in this series will take you through these sessions in detail.