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Systemic risk of insurers around the globe

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  • Bierth, Christopher
  • Irresberger, Felix
  • Weiß, Gregor N.F.

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We study the exposure and contribution of 253 international life and non-life insurers to systemic risk between 2000 and 2012. For our full sample period, we find systemic risk in the international insurance sector to be small. In contrast, the contribution of insurers to the fragility of the financial system peaked during the recent financial crisis. In our panel regressions, we find the interconnectedness of large insurers with the insurance sector to be a significant driver of the insurers’ exposure to systemic risk. In contrast, the contribution of insurers to systemic risk appears to be primarily driven by the insurers’ leverage.

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  • Bierth, Christopher & Irresberger, Felix & Weiß, Gregor N.F., 2015. "Systemic risk of insurers around the globe," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 232-245.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:55:y:2015:i:c:p:232-245
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2015.02.014
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    Keywords

    Systemic risk; Insurer size; Interconnectedness; Insurance;

    JEL classification:

    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies

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