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Liberalisation and Market Concentration Impact on Performance of the Non-Life Insurance Industry: The Evidence from Eastern Europe

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  • Vladimir Njegomir

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    (Faculty of Legal and Business Studies, 14 Sonja Marinkovic, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia.)

  • Dragan Stojić

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    (Faculty of Economics, 16 Dr Sime Milosevica, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia.)

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    The aim of this paper is to examine market structure, conduct and performance relationship (S-C-P) hypothesis for the non-life insurance industry in Eastern European countries. Additionally, we examine the effect of liberalisation on market structure and performance. We use the country-specific fixed effects models for panel data for the period 2004–2008 allowing each cross-sectional unit to have a different intercept term serving as an unobserved random variable that is potentially correlated with the observed regressors. Three models are presented, each placing market structure, liberalisation and profitability in a distinct environment defined by related control variables. The research results support the S-C-P hypothesis in all of the observed models, showing evidence of strong influence of market structure and liberalisation on market profitability. These results could be useful in decision-making for both governments and insurance companies.

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

    Volume (Year): 36 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 94-106

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