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Reasons for the Coexistence of Different Distribution Channels: An Empirical Test for the German Insurance Market

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  • Lucinda Trigo-Gamarra

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    (Department of Economics – Chair of Money and Credit, University of Rostock, Ulmenstrasse 69, Rostock 18057, Germany.)

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Private insurance markets in Germany are characterized by the coexistence of different distribution systems. Insurance products are mainly distributed both by independent and dependent agents. Economic theory provides different explanations for the coexistence of distribution channels: the product quality hypothesis states that independent agents provide both insurers and customers with higher service intensity and product quality and, therefore, remain on the market. We sent a written questionnaire to German insurance intermediaries designed to measure service quality. Our analysis shows that a higher level of service quality among independent agents supports the product quality hypothesis. The Geneva Papers (2008) 33, 389–407. doi:10.1057/gpp.2008.16

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Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its journal The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance Issues and Practice.

Volume (Year): 33 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 389-407

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  1. Nouet, Sébastien & Plisson, Manuel & Nayaradou, Maximilien, 2007. "The Characteristics of the Demand for Private Long Term Care Insurance in France," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/5054, Paris Dauphine University.
  2. Christiansen, Marcus & Eling, Martin & Schmidt, Jan-Philipp & Zirkelbach, Lorenz, 2012. "Who is Changing Health Insurance Coverage? Empirical Evidence on Policyholder Dynamics," Working Papers on Finance, University of St. Gallen, School of Finance 1223, University of St. Gallen, School of Finance.

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