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Insurance use and economic growth in Latin America. Some panel data evidence

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  • Concha, Ángela

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  • Taborda, Rodrigo

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ABSTRACT: Empirical and theoretical analyses suggest that there is a positive relationship between financial development and economic growth. A higher degree of financial development brings about growth in the long term by means of risk diversification, efficient capital use, increased savings opportunities, and trade of goods and services. As a gear of the financial engine, the insurance industry helps to diversify risk. The authors perform an empirical assessment of the relationship between the use of insurance and economic growth in eleven Latin American countries from 1980 to 2009. From a growth equation specification, a 1% increase in insurance use is associated with a rise in economic growth ranging from 0.17% to 0.44%. RESUMEN: Existe evidencia empírica y teórica de una relación positiva entre el desarrollo financiero y el crecimiento económico. Un mayor nivel de desarrollo financiero promueve el crecimiento en el largo plazo mediante la diversificación del riesgo, el uso eficiente del capital, mayores oportunidades de ahorro y el comercio de bienes y servicios. Un sector importante del sistema financiero es la industria de aseguramiento, que ayuda a diversificar el riesgo de la actividad económica. El artículo lleva a cabo una evaluación empírica de la relación entre niveles de aseguramiento y crecimiento económico en once países de Latinoamérica entre 1980 y 2009. A partir de diferentes estimaciones de una ecuación de crecimiento económico, se encuentra que un incremento del 1% en el nivel de aseguramiento está asociado con un crecimiento entre 0,17% y 0,44% en la actividad económica.

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  • Concha, Ángela & Taborda, Rodrigo, 2014. "Insurance use and economic growth in Latin America. Some panel data evidence," REVISTA LECTURAS DE ECONOMÍA, UNIVERSIDAD DE ANTIOQUIA - CIE, issue 81, pages 31-55, February.
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    Keywords

    Aseguramiento; crecimiento económico; desarrollo financiero; América Latina;

    JEL classification:

    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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