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An empirical study of cost efficiency in the Irish life insurance industry

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  • Tienyu Hwang
  • Simon S. Gao

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Contemporary studies of cost efficiency in the insurance industry have predominantly focused on large economies. This paper investigates scale economies and cost efficiency in the Irish life insurance industry by using the translog cost function and distribution-free method. Increasing returns to scale are found in the industry but the magnitude of cost economies varies with firm size. This study indicates that firms with larger market shares are more likely to exhibit cost efficiency. Furthermore, this study shows that bancassurance firms are more cost efficient than other types of insurers in the Irish life insurance industry, which provides new insights into the cost efficiency of bancassurance.

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Article provided by Inderscience Enterprises Ltd in its journal Int. J. of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation.

Volume (Year): 2 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 264-280

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Handle: RePEc:ids:ijaape:v:2:y:2005:i:3:p:264-280

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Keywords: bancassurance; cost efficiency; economies of scale; firm size; life insurance; Ireland.;

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  1. Jarraya, Bilel & Bouri, Abdelfettah, 2012. "Efficiency concept and investigations in insurance industry: A survey," MPRA Paper 53544, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2013.

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