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How Do the Interest Rate and the Inflation Rate Affect the Non-Life Insurance Premiums ?

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  • Heni Boubaker
  • Nadia Sghaier

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This paper proposes an original framework based on nonlinear panel data models to study the empirical influence of the interest rate and the inflation rate on the non-life insurance premiums for fourteen developed countries over the period 1965-2008. More specifically, we apply the panel smooth transition error correction model which takes into account both the short and long-run effects of changes in economic variables on the growth rate of non-life insurance premiums and which allows the regression coefficients to vary across countries and over time. Our empirical results show that the interest rate and the inflation rate have a differentiated impact on the non-life insurance premiums depending on the value of the inflation rate. These empirical findings provide evidence of changes in insurance pricing rules.

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Paper provided by Department of Research, Ipag Business School in its series Working Papers with number 2014-282.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 29 Apr 2014
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Handle: RePEc:ipg:wpaper:2014-282

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Keywords: non-life insurance premiums; interest rate; inflation rate; panel smooth transition error correction model and insurance pricing rules.;

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