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Productive performance of the French insurance industry


The purpose of this paper is to provide for both life and non-life insurance an assessment of the relative productive performance of French companies. We use parametric and nonparametric approaches to construct a frontier to be used as a yardstick of productive efficiency. Our data basis covers 84 life and 243 non-life companies for the period 1984–1989. The main findings show a high correlation between parametric and nonparametric results and a wide dispersion in the rates of inefficiency across companies. This dispersion can be reduced when controlling for variations in scale, ownership, distribution, reinsurance, and claims ratios.

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Fecher, F., Kessler, D., Perelman, S. et al. Productive performance of the French insurance industry. J Prod Anal 4, 77–93 (1993).

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  • Data Envelopment Analysis
  • Insurance Market
  • Life Insurance
  • Stochastic Frontier
  • Efficiency Frontier