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Reinsurance and securitisation of life insurance risk: the impact of regulatory constraints

  • Pauline Barrieu
  • Henri Louberge

Large systematic risks, such as those arising from natural catastrophes, climatic changes and uncertain trends in longevity increases, have risen in prominence at a societal level and, more particularly, have become a highly relevant issue for the insurance industry. Against this background, the combination of reinsurance and capital market solutions (insurance-linked securities) has received an increasing interest. In this paper, we develop a general model of optimal risk-sharing among three representative agents – an insurer, a reinsurer and a financial investor, making a distinction between systematic and idiosyncratic risks. We focus on the impact of regulation on risk transfer, by differentiating reinsurance and securitisation in terms of their impact on reserve requirements. Our results show that different regulatory prescriptions will lead to quite different results in terms of global risk-sharing.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 47396.

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Date of creation: Mar 2013
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Publication status: Published in Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, March, 2013, 52(2), pp. 135-144. ISSN: 0167-6687
Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:47396
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