Agent and Broker Intermediaries in Insurance Markets - An Empirical Analysis of Market Outcomes
Andrássy University Budapest - Department of International Relations
Thunen-Series of Applied Economic Theory Working Paper No. 34
Insurance markets are characterized by profound market imperfections. Insurance intermediaries reduce transaction costs and information asymmetries. From transaction cost economics,agency theory, and law and economics literature the hypothesis is derived that insurance brokers may provide more high-quality information and advisory services which are better suited for the needs of the consumers than insurance agents. Empirical tests for German insurance intermediaries confirm this thesis. But there are also findings that structural factors like firm size, employment structure and degree of specialization may outweigh the incentives set by different legal settings.
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Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: Insurance, intermediation, transaction costs economics, principal agent theory, law and economics
JEL Classification: D82, G140, G220, L15working papers series
Date posted: January 27, 2005
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