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The Demand for Directors' and Officers' Insurance in Canada

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  • M. Martin Boyer
  • Mathieu Delvaux-Derome

This paper looks at the insurance demand of a firm's directors and officers using a sample of Canadian corporations (excluding firms from the Financial services and Mining sectors) from 1993-1999. More to the point, we study the demand for director's and officer's insurance. Our results suggest that larger corporation are more likely to purchase D&O insurance. Firms that are strong financially are less likely to purchase D&O insurance. Firms are also less likely to purchase D&O insurance when there are many outsiders on the board of directors and when the board member have an important financial stake in the corporation. Surprisingly, being listed on a stock exchange in the United States does not seem to have an impact on the demand for D&O insurance, contrary to previous results. Cette recherche se penche sur la demande d'assurance de la responsabilité civile des administrateurs et des dirigeants d'entreprise en utilisant des données pour plus de 350 compagnies canadiennes entre 1993 et 1999. Les firmes dans les secteurs des services financiers et des mines ne sont pas inclues. Plus précisément, nous nous intéressons à la demande d'assurance de la responsabilité civile des administrateurs et des dirigeants. Nos résultats suggèrent qu'il est plus probable pour une corporation de grande taille d'avoir une assurance D&O que pour une corporation de petite taille. Les corporations qui ont une bonne santé financière ont moins de chance d'avoir une assurance, tout comme les corporations où la présence d'administrateurs indépendants au conseil d'administration est importante. De plus, plus les membres des conseils d'administration sont impliqués financièrement dans la santé d'une corporation, moins importante est la probabilité que cette compagnie possède une assurance D&O. Un résultat surprenant que nous obtenons est le fait que d'être enregistré dans une bourse américaine ne semble pas avoir d'impact sur la demande d'assurance D&O, contrairement aux études précédentes.

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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 2002s-72.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jul 2002
Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2002s-72
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