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The link between life insurance activities and economic growth: Some new evidence

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  • Lee, Chien-Chiang
  • Lee, Chi-Chuan
  • Chiu, Yi-Bin

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This paper applies the panel seemingly unrelated regressions augmented Dickey-Fuller (SURADF) test to re-investigate the stationarity properties of real life insurance premiums per capita and real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita for 41 countries within three levels of income covering 1979–2007. Our empirical results first reveal that the variables in these countries are a mixture of I(0) and I(1) processes, and that the traditional panel unit-root tests could lead to misleading inferences. Second, for the estimated half-lives, the degrees of mean reversion are greater in high-income countries. Third, there is concrete evidence favoring the hypothesis of a long-run equilibrium relationship between real GDP and real life insurance premiums after allowing for the heterogeneous country effect. The long-run estimated panel parameter results indicate that a 1% increase in the real life premium raises real GDP by 0.06%. Finally, we determine that the development of life insurance markets and economic growth exhibit long-run and short-run bidirectional causalities. These findings offer several useful insights for policy-makers and researchers.

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  • Lee, Chien-Chiang & Lee, Chi-Chuan & Chiu, Yi-Bin, 2013. "The link between life insurance activities and economic growth: Some new evidence," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 405-427.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jimfin:v:32:y:2013:i:c:p:405-427
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jimonfin.2012.05.001
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    Keywords

    Life insurance premium; Real GDP; Panel SURADF test; Half-life; Panel cointegration;

    JEL classification:

    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • 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

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