A method is presented for identifying an expected profitable set of customers, to offer them an additional insurance product, by estimating a customer specific latent risk profile, for the additional product, by using the customer specific available data for an existing insurance product of the specific customer. For the purpose, a multivariate credibility estimator is considered and we investigate the effect of assuming that one (of two) insurance products is inactive (without available claims information) when estimating the latent risk profile. Instead, available customer specific claims information from the active existing insurance product is used to estimate the risk profile and thereafter assess whether or not to include a specific customer in an expected profitable set of customers. The method is tested using a large real data set from a Danish insurance company and it is shown that sets of customers, with up to 36% less claims than a priori expected, are produced as a result of the method. It is therefore argued that the proposed method could be considered, by an insurance company, when cross-selling insurance products to existing customers.
(Online publication September 23 2011)