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COVID-19, insurer board utility, and capital regulation

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  • Li, Xuelian
  • Lin, Panpan
  • Lin, Jyh-Horng

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This paper develops a down-and-out call option model by introducing a structural break in volatility to capture the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The life insurer's equity and its board's utility are evaluated at the optimal guaranteed rate in the equity maximization. Results suggest that the seriousness degree of the COVID-19 outbreak and capital regulation enhance the optimal guaranteed rate and the board's utility. Increased the board's utility by increasing liabilities costs insurer profitability. Conflicts of incentives can arise during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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  • Li, Xuelian & Lin, Panpan & Lin, Jyh-Horng, 2020. "COVID-19, insurer board utility, and capital regulation," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 36(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:36:y:2020:i:c:s1544612320305560
    DOI: 10.1016/j.frl.2020.101659
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    Keywords

    Optimal guaranteed rate; Board utility; COVID-19; Capital regulation;
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    JEL classification:

    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies

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