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Capital reserve policy, regulation and credibility in insurance

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  • Renaud Bourlès

    () (GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - ECM - École Centrale de Marseille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, UT1 - Université Toulouse 1 Capitole)

  • Dominique Henriet

    () (GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - ECM - École Centrale de Marseille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

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The aim of this paper is to analyze the need for capital and default regulation in insurance. Proponents of deregulation argue that these requirements are useless as insurers would hold enough capital as soon as the insured are fully informed about their default probability. Adding to the purpose the relationship between an insurer and her security holders (that is the issuance and dividend policy) we show that the second best capital reserve decided by the security holders is suboptimal whenever the return on cash inside the firm is smaller than outside. Because of limited commitment on recapitalization, disclosure of information may not be enough. Given these characteristics, State commitment to recapitalize could be an alternative regulation policy.

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  • Renaud Bourlès & Dominique Henriet, 2009. "Capital reserve policy, regulation and credibility in insurance," Working Papers halshs-00386453, HAL.
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    1. Zweifel Peter, 2019. "Planned Solvency III Regulation: Should It Be Adopted Outside the European Union?," Asia-Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance, De Gruyter, vol. 13(1), pages 1-12, January.

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