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Performance of the Chinese Insurance Industry under Economic Reforms

Shujie Yao, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Zhongwei Han, Deputy General Manager, Metersbonwe, Shanghai and formerly Lecturer of Economics, University of Middlesex, UK and Dan Luo, Associate Professor in Management Accounting and Financial Management, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK
The Chinese insurance industry has experienced rapid development during the past decade. This original book is the first English language study in the literature to address the efficiency issue of the Chinese insurance sector, and presents a comprehensive review on alternative methodologies for analyzing firm efficiency.
Extent: 224 pp
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Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84720 381 6
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The Chinese insurance industry has experienced rapid development during the past decade. This original book is the first English language study in the literature to address the efficiency issue of the Chinese insurance sector, and presents a comprehensive review on alternative methodologies for analyzing firm efficiency.

The authors suggest alternative ways to improve performance of insurance companies in China and make useful policy recommendations on regulation, competition and development of the insurance industry. They expand the applications of data envelopment analysis and stochastic frontier analysis in the literature on technical efficiency and discuss managerial implications for both insurance companies and policymakers.

Performance of the Chinese Insurance Industry under Economic Reforms will be significant for academic researchers and students of economics, finance and business. Managers of financial institutions in China and the rest of the world will find this important book intriguing, as will policymakers and regulators working in the financial and insurance industries.
‘Performance of the Chinese Insurance Industry under Economic Reforms is an excellent account of the development and efficiency of the Chinese insurance sector. The book is a significant read for academic researchers, policymakers, and students of economics, finance, and business, in particular for those interested in the complex insurance sector in China’s dynamic economy. . . this is an important book for both an academic and a policy audience. As the first empirical study of its kind, it provides insights in the development and key issues for China’s insurance sector.’
– Christine Loh, China Information
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. China’s Insurance Market – Development Issues 3. Review of Efficiency Studies in the Insurance Sector 4. Efficiency Concepts and DEA Measures 5. DEA Applications to Insurance Companies in China 6. Managerial Implications: Further Exploration 7. SFA Applications and Robustness of DEA Results 8. Malmquist Index Development of Insurance Companies in China 9. Conclusion, Policy Recommendations and Further Research Directions Appendices Bibliography Index