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Life and health insurance consumption in China: demographic and environmental risks

  • Jiang ChengEmail author
  • Lu Yu
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Abstract

This research investigates life and health (LH) insurance consumption by exploiting the significant regional differences in socio-economic, demographic, and environmental factors in China. This paper further decomposes LH insurance consumption into three types: protection, investment, and health products. We find that changes in demographic conditions associated with the one-child policy, the urbanisation process, an ageing population and imbalanced dependency ratio are significantly related to the consumption of LH insurance, and environmental degradation risk is significantly related to the consumption of health insurance. The empirical results also suggest that insurers’ characteristics and pricing strategies are additional important determinants of LH insurance consumption.

Keywords

Life and health insurance consumption Environmental degradation Demographic conditions 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We benefitted from discussions and comments by Bingzheng Chen, Michael R. Powers, and Mary A. Weiss, and from seminar participants at the 2014 IRFRC Singapore meeting, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Tsinghua University. Thanks are also due to the editor and two anonymous referees of the Journal. Jiang Cheng gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Natural Science Foundation of China [Grant No. 71573164]. All errors are ours.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Finance and InsuranceLingnan UniversityTuen MunHong Kong
  2. 2.School of FinanceShanghai University of Finance and EconomicsShanghaiChina

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