Should the Joint Provision of Credit Insurance with Unsecured Lending Be Prohibited? An Examination of the UK Payment Protection Insurance Market

Bangor Business School Working Paper No. 11/008

37 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2012

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John Kevin Ashton

Bangor Business School; University of East Anglia (UEA)

Robert Hudson

Hull University Business School (HUBS)

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Date Written: January 16, 2012

Abstract

This study examines whether the recent UK regulatory decision to introduce a blanket ban on the joint provision of consumer lending and credit insurance was justified. This case has wide regulatory implications following international concerns that the sale of credit insurance has been detrimental to customers due to overpriced credit insurance and a possible cross subsidy from credit insurance to unsecured lending. To explore this issue a theoretical model is developed considering why a cross-subsidy from credit insurance to unsecured loans would develop in these markets and whether the prohibition of joint sales would limit this practice. The presence of cross-subsidies is empirically examined indicating that while many banks do cross-subsidize unsecured lending through high credit insurance costs this behavior is not a universal practice across all suppliers and at all times. This result is examined for all sample banks and a range of sub-samples to control for possible influences on credit insurance costs.

Keywords: interest rate setting, universal banking, insurance premium setting, credit insurance, add-on goods, joint pricing

JEL Classification: G21, G22

Suggested Citation

Ashton, John Kevin and Hudson, Robert, Should the Joint Provision of Credit Insurance with Unsecured Lending Be Prohibited? An Examination of the UK Payment Protection Insurance Market (January 16, 2012). Bangor Business School Working Paper No. 11/008 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1986010 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1986010

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Robert Hudson

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