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A comparison of Islamic and conventional insurance demand: Worldwide evidence during the Global Financial Crisis

Akhter, Waheed, Pappas, Vasileios, Khan, Saad Ullah (2017) A comparison of Islamic and conventional insurance demand: Worldwide evidence during the Global Financial Crisis. Research in International Business and Finance, 42 . pp. 1401-1412. ISSN 0275-5319. (doi:10.1016/j.ribaf.2017.07.079) (KAR id:65970)

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In this paper we compare the Islamic insurance industry (Takaful) to the conventional insurance across 14 countries over the 2005–2014 period. Our methodology relies on panel regressions and accounts for the periods during and post the global financial crisis (GFC). Specifically, we investigate: i) the difference in the insurance demand dynamics of the two insurance types; ii) if Islamic insurance demand has been boosted in the period that followed the crisis. To allow for cross-country heterogeneities we form sub-samples of high/low insurance regions and ASEAN/Middle East. We find Islamic and conventional insurance demand to be negatively affected by GDP/capita, albeit the Islamic showing a greater resilience during crisis. A negative link between conventional insurance and saving rate shows that conventional saving products work as substitutes to conventional insurance. Higher average income is positively (negatively) related to Islamic insurance demand in the Middle East (ASEAN), a finding plausibly related to the different practices relating to Islamic finance in the two regions.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.ribaf.2017.07.079
Uncontrolled keywords: Islamic insurance (Takaful), Global Financial Crisis, ASEAN, Middle East, Demographics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Vasileios Pappas
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2018 10:33 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2021 13:31 UTC
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