Characteristics and economic consequences of insurance fraud

Type Research Project

Duration March 1, 2003 - Jan. 1, 2026


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  • Theil, Michael (Details) Project Head

Abstract (German)

Die Dimensionen von Versicherungsbetrug sind zwar weitgehen dunklar, unbestritten ist jedoch seine grundasätzliche Bedeutung. Analysesysteme zur Bekämpfung setzen idR an aufgedeckten (i.e. "erfolglosen") Fällen auf, welhalb hier der Ansatz besteht, das Problem aus einer anderen Richtung zu behandeln.

Abstract (English)

Although estimates of the exact volume vary, insurance fraud is certainly of eminent inportance. Most detection systems take uncovered cases (and - in this sense - "unsuccessful") as an departure point, while we treat the problem from a different perspective.


  • Insurance fraud control office - Austria
  • German Insurance Science Association - Germany


Book (monograph)

2008 Edelbacher, Max, Theil, Michael. 2008. Kriminalität gegen Versicherungen. Wien: Linde. (Details)

Chapter in edited volume

2016 Theil, Michael. 2016. The Insurance Industry and the Informal Economy. In: Corruption, Fraud, Organized Crime, and the Shadow Economy, Hrsg. Edelbacher, Maximilian / Kratcoski, peter / Dobovsek, Bojan, 65-69. Boca Raton / London / New York: CRC Press. (Details)

Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium

2014 Theil, Michael. 2014. Relationship of Organized Crime, Illicit Economy and Sustainable Development. 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, Wien, Afghanistan, 06.10-10.10. (Details)
  Theil, Michael. 2014. Informal Economy and Organized Crime. CCPCJ / ACUNS 2014, Wien, Afghanistan, 12.5.-15.5.. (Details)


  • 5307 Business and management economics (Details)
  • 5321 Market research (Details)


  • insurance fraud
  • behavioral finance