The Dual Insurance Model and Its Implications for Insurance Demand and Supply Post-Christchurch Earthquakes in New Zealand

.Insurance and Risk Management, Vol. 83, Number 3-4, pp. 135-167, 2016

33 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2017

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Richard Mumo

University of Canterbury, Economics and Finance

Richard Watt

University of Canterbury - Economics and Finance; The Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI)

Date Written: November 25, 2016

Abstract

This paper gives an empirical analysis of the insurance reactions post-Christchurch earthquakes of 2010-2011. In a broad sense, the paper examines the earthquakes’ ramification for the supply-side of the entire insurance industry in New Zealand as well as going further to give a narrow analysis of the implications for individual insurance companies. The research has been motivated by the unique attributes of the New Zealand natural disaster insurance scheme. This has helped private insurance companies to provide insurance coverage at competitive premium rates even when the probability of a catastrophic event is considered high in New Zealand. The study starts with a market analysis that points to the need for government intervention in natural disaster insurance provision in countries prone to disasters. The paper illustrates the framework for natural disasters in New Zealand as well as giving supply-side changes that were experienced in the aftermath of Christchurch quakes.

Keywords: Christchurch Earthquake; Insurance; Loss Ratio; Premium; Catastrophe

JEL Classification: G22, G28, D81, H84

Suggested Citation

Mumo, Richard and Watt, Richard, The Dual Insurance Model and Its Implications for Insurance Demand and Supply Post-Christchurch Earthquakes in New Zealand (November 25, 2016). .Insurance and Risk Management, Vol. 83, Number 3-4, pp. 135-167, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2902142

Richard Mumo (Contact Author)

University of Canterbury, Economics and Finance ( email )

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Richard Watt

University of Canterbury - Economics and Finance ( email )

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Christchurch
New Zealand

The Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI) ( email )

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Palma de Mallorca, 08080
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