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Systemic risk of insurers around the globe

Bierth, Christopher, Irresberger, Felix and Weiß, Gregor 2015. Systemic risk of insurers around the globe. Journal of Banking & Finance 55 , pp. 232-245. 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2015.02.014

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Abstract

We study the exposure and contribution of 253 international life and non-life insurers to systemic risk between 2000 and 2012. For our full sample period, we find systemic risk in the international insurance sector to be small. In contrast, the contribution of insurers to the fragility of the financial system peaked during the recent financial crisis. In our panel regressions, we find the interconnectedness of large insurers with the insurance sector to be a significant driver of the insurers’ exposure to systemic risk. In contrast, the contribution of insurers to systemic risk appears to be primarily driven by the insurers’ leverage.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Uncontrolled Keywords: Systemic risk; Insurer size; Interconnectedness; Insurance
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0378-4266
Date of Acceptance: 15 February 2015
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:26
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/95080

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