Economics at your fingertips  

The impact of contractual savings institutions on securities markets

Gregorio Impavido (), Alberto R. Musalem and Thierry Tressel ()

No 2948, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: The authors assess empirically the impact of contractual savings institutions portfolios (pension funds and life insurance companies) on securities markets, for example, depth and liquidity in the domestic stock market, and depth in the domestic bond market. They discuss how the institutionalization of savings can modify financial markets through the lengthening of securities'maturities. The results are the following: 1) An increase in assets of contractual savings institutions relative to domestic financial assets has a positive impact on the depth of stock and bond markets on average. 2) The impact on stock market depth and liquidity is nonlinear: it is stronger in countries where corporate information is more transparent. 3) There is evidence of a significant heterogeneity among countries: contractual savings have a stronger impact on securities markets in countries where the financial system is market based, pension fund contributions are mandatory, and international transactions in securities are lower. 4) The authors do not find that the impact of contractual savings institutions on securities markets is explained by the overall level of development, education, demographic structure or the legal environment.

Keywords: Economic Theory&Research; Insurance&Risk Mitigation; Banks&Banking Reform; Payment Systems&Infrastructure; Insurance Law; Insurance&Risk Mitigation; Banks&Banking Reform; Financial Intermediation; Economic Theory&Research; Insurance Law (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003-01-31
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (35) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) ... d/PDF/multi0page.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank 1818 H Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20433. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Roula I. Yazigi ().

Page updated 2022-09-25
Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:2948