On the Importance of Mathematical Models and Methods to the Insurance Business

  • Walter F. Schickinger
  • Wolf-Rüdiger Heilmann


In some fields of economics and especially in everyday work in business enterprises and administrations the applicability and practicability of mathematics is not infrequently doubted and called in question. This is completely different in the insurance business, since right from the start of commercial insurance about 300 years ago the bases of calculation — and consequently a mathematical component — has been playing a key role. Meanwhile the body of mathematical methods and models has been enlarged and refined considerably, and the fields of mathematical application in insurance have increased strongly. In the present paper some of these applications which are typical or particularly relevant shall be discussed. Emphasis will not be laid on technicalities but on the practical problems to be solved.


Moral Hazard Collective Model Compound Poisson Process Insurance Business Claim Size 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter F. Schickinger
    • 1
  • Wolf-Rüdiger Heilmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Karlsruher Lebensversicherung AGGermany

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