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Is It True that Insurers Benefit from a Catastrophic Event? Market Reactions to the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake

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  • Yamori, N.
  • Kobayashi, T.

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Previous studies, investigating how the market in general viewed the impact of a big earthquake (e.g. the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area) on insurance firm values, found a positive reaction of insurers' stock prices. This "gaining from loss" may be caused by the subsequent increased demand for insurance coverage. This paper investigates the impact of the 1995 Hanshin-Awak=ji earthquake on Japanese insurers' value.

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  • Yamori, N. & Kobayashi, T., 1999. "Is It True that Insurers Benefit from a Catastrophic Event? Market Reactions to the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake," Papers pb99-04, Economisch Institut voor het Midden en Kleinbedrijf-.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:midkle:pb99-04
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    1. Yang, Chih-Yuan & Jhang, Ling-Jhen & Chang, Chia-Chien, 2016. "Do investor sentiment, weather and catastrophe effects improve hedging performance? Evidence from the Taiwan options market," Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 35-51.

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    INSURANCE ; RISK;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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