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27 August, 08:01

Harmon opens a new restaurant, which he insures for twice its worth. Knowing his business is insured, Harmon becomes careless in his management of the restaurant, with the result being that he suffers a bad fire which burns down his restaurant. This is an example of

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  1. 27 August, 08:20
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    Moral Hazard

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    Moral hazard is a situation which involves two parties, one party gets involved in a risky event because he knows that it is protected against the risk and that the other party will bear the cost and consequences of his actions if there be any loss. It arises when both the parties have incomplete information about each other.

    In the financial market, there is high risk that a borrower may do undesirable things and may not pay back if he knows that when he defaults, his guarantor might will pay. This can make him to act with reckless abandon and in a riskier way.

    Because Hamon in the Question got insurance that is worth twice his restaurant, he became careless in the management of his restaurant because he believes that if there be any loss, insurance will pay. This is called Moral Hazard in Business.
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