Insurance use and economic growth in Latin America. Some panel data evidence

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Universidad de Antioquia
Available from: 
February 2014
Paper author(s): 
Ángela Concha
Rodrigo Taborda
Topic: 
Financial Economics
Macroeconomics - Economic growth - Monetary Policy
Year: 
2014

Empirical and theoretical analyses suggest that there is a positive relationship between financial development and economic growth. A higher degree of financial development brings about growth in the long term by means of risk diversification, efficient capital use, increased savings opportunities, and trade of goods and services. As a gear of the financial engine, the insurance industry helps to diversify risk. The authors perform an empirical assessment of the relationship between the use of insurance and economic growth in eleven Latin American countries from 1980 to 2009. From a growth equation specification, a 1% increase in insurance use is associated with a rise in economic growth ranging from 0.17% to 0.44%.

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