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Efficiency and stock returns: evidence from the insurance industry

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  • Gaganis, Chrysovalantis
  • Hasan, Iftekhar
  • Pasiouras, Fotios

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This study investigates whether the capital market values the efficiency of firms. After tracing stock returns and efficiency changes of 399 listed insurance firms in 52 countries during the 2002-2008 period, the paper reports a positive and statistically significant relationship between profit efficiency change and market adjusted stock returns. However, there is no robust evidence that cost efficiency change is associated with stock returns.

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  • Gaganis, Chrysovalantis & Hasan, Iftekhar & Pasiouras, Fotios, 2013. "Efficiency and stock returns: evidence from the insurance industry," Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 14/2013, Bank of Finland.
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