Financial Access, Governance and Insurance Sector Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Forthcoming: Journal of Economic Studies

EXCAS Working Paper WP/19/044

30 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2019

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Nicholas Odhiambo

University of South Africa - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 3, 2019

Abstract

Purpose – This study investigates the role of financial access in moderating the effect of governance on insurance consumption in 42 Sub-Saharan African countries using data for the period 2004-2014.

Design/methodology/approach – Two life insurance indicators are used, notably: life insurance and non-life insurance. Six governance measurements are also used, namely: political stability, “voice & accountability”, government effectiveness, regulation quality, corruption-control and the rule of law. The empirical evidence is based on the Generalised Method of Moments (GMM) and Least Squares Dummy Variable Corrected (LSDVC) estimators.

Findings – Estimations from the LSDVC are not significant while the following main findings are established from the GMM. First, financial access promotes life insurance through channels of political stability, “voice & accountability”, government effectiveness, the rule of law and corruption-control. Second, financial access also stimulates non-life insurance via governance mechanisms of political stability, “voice & accountability”, government effectiveness, regulation quality, the rule of law and corruption-control.

Originality/value – This research complements the sparse literature on insurance promotion in Africa by engaging the hitherto unexplored role of financial access through governance channels.

Keywords: Insurance; Finance; Governance; Sub-Saharan Africa

JEL Classification: I28; I30; G20; O16; O55

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice and Odhiambo, Nicholas, Financial Access, Governance and Insurance Sector Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (January 3, 2019). Forthcoming: Journal of Economic Studies . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3431813 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3431813

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

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Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

Nicholas Odhiambo

University of South Africa - Department of Economics ( email )

PO Box 392
Pretoria, 0003
South Africa

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