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A Luenberger Index for the Greek Life Insurance Industry

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  • Carlos Pestana Barrosa
  • Milton Nektariosb
  • Nicolas Peypochc
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    This paper uses the Luenberger productivity index to evaluate the productivity changes of Greek Life insurance companies between 1994 and 2003, combining operational and financial variables. It is found that the average annual productivity change was about 19% and was due to technological progress, whereas the impact of efficiency was minimal. It seems that deregulation, established by the Third Insurance Directive in 1994, provoked investments in new technologies which were not matched by superior managerial practices. For comparative purposes, a Malmquist productivity index is estimated.

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    Article provided by European Research Studies Journal in its journal European Research Studies Journal.

    Volume (Year): XII (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 3-18

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    Handle: RePEc:ers:journl:v:xii:y:2009:i:4:p:3-18

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    Keywords: Greek life insurance companies; productivity changes; Luenberger indicator;

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    6. Carlos Pestana Barros & Nazar� Barroso & Maria Rosa Borges, 2005. "Evaluating the Efficiency and Productivity of Insurance Companies with a Malmquist Index: A Case Study for Portugal," The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 30(2), pages 244-267, April.
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