Financial Access, Governance and Insurance Sector Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
Journal of Economic Studies, 47(4), pp. 849-875 (August, 2020).
30 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2019 Last revised: 29 Oct 2020
Date Written: January 3, 2019
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
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