The Impact of Contractual Savings Institutions on Securities Markets

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Gregorio Impavido

International Monetary Fund (IMF); World Bank

Alberto R. Musalem

World Bank

Thierry Tressel

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department

Date Written: January 2003

Abstract

Impavido, Musalem, and Tressel assess empirically the impact of contractual savings institutions portfolios (pension funds and life insurance companies) on securities markets, for example, depth and liquidity in the domestic stock market, and depth in the domestic bond market. They discuss how the institutionalization of savings can modify financial markets through the lengthening of securities' maturities.

The results are the following:

• An increase in assets of contractual savings institutions relative to domestic financial assets has a positive impact on the depth of stock and bond markets on average.

• The impact on stock market depth and liquidity is nonlinear: it is stronger in countries where corporate information is more transparent.

• There is evidence of a significant heterogeneity among countries: contractual savings have a stronger impact on securities markets in countries where the financial system is market based, pension fund contributions are mandatory, and international transactions in securities are lower.

• The authors do not find that the impact of contractual savings institutions on securities markets is explained by the overall level of development, education, demographic structure or the legal environment.

This paper - a product of the Financial Sector Operations and Policy Department - is part of a larger effort in the department to study the effects of contractual savings on financial markets.

Suggested Citation

Impavido, Gregorio and Musalem, Alberto R. and Tressel, Thierry, The Impact of Contractual Savings Institutions on Securities Markets (January 2003). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 2948. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=636310

Gregorio Impavido (Contact Author)

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Alberto R. Musalem

World Bank ( email )

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Thierry Tressel

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department ( email )

700 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20431
United States

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