Does insurance hedge macro volatility? Global evidence

Paul Moon Sub Choi, Won Young Chae, Joung Hwa Choi, Young Bin Han

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Abstract

Insurance is known in the literature as a contribution to economic growth. In our crosscountry analysis, we found out that insurance density also appears to subdue macro volatility. In other words, an overall expansion of insurance coverage in an economy cushions aggregate risks. This empirical inference remains robust to controlling for other covariates known to co-move with economic activities. Given that the contribution of insurance to economic growth is more impactful in developing countries than in industrialized economies, not only this result is appealing to economic intuition, but also extends the claims in the existing researches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-315
Number of pages9
JournalInvestment Management and Financial Innovations
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Economic stability
  • Insurance
  • Macroeconomic volatility
  • Market completeness

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