The Long-run Effect of Geopolitical Risks on Insurance Premiums
Godwin Olasehinde-Williams and
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Muhammad Shahbaz
No 15-44, Working Papers from Eastern Mediterranean University, Department of Economics
This paper deals with the estimation of the risk-insurance nexus. We specifically examined the effect of geopolitical risk on insurance premium in a panel of 18 countries while controlling for the effect of real income. We did this by employing second generation econometric methods. We found strong evidence of a positive impact of geopolitical risks on insurance premiums. We specifically found that the impact of geopolitical risks on non-life insurance premium is higher than the impact on life insurance premium. Real income was also found to have a significantly positive effect on insurance premiums, and the impact on non-life insurance premium similarly larger than the impact on life insurance premium. On the basis of the income elasticity, we found that insurance has the semblance of a luxury good, and on the basis of the panel causality tests, we confirmed the feedback hypothesis. We therefore conclude that exposure to geopolitical risks raises insurance premiums either as a result of increased insurance demand to hedge against geopolitical uncertainty or as a result of uncertainty tax factored into insurance premiums in unstable environments.
Keywords: Geopolitical risks; insurance market; panel data; panel bootstrap causality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 G22 G32 O16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
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