Consolidation and Systemic Risk in the International Insurance Industry
55 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2012 Last revised: 9 Apr 2015
Date Written: April 9, 2015
This paper is the first to examine the effects of consolidation in the international insurance industry on the acquirers' contribution to systemic risk. We analyze a sample of 394 international domestic and cross-border mergers and find a strong positive relation between consolidation in the insurance industry and moderate systemic risk in the insurance and banking sector. Furthermore, we find strong empirical evidence in support of hypotheses that firm size, non-traditional financing activities, and diversification across insurance lines all add to the destabilizing effect of insurance consolidation.
Keywords: Financial Crises, Insurance Industry, Systemic Risk, Consolidation, Mergers
JEL Classification: G22, G01, G34
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