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Corporate Forms and Organizational Choice in International Insurance

Robin Pearson and Takau Yoneyama


Throughout history humans have commonly organized to prevent or mitigate risks, or to compensate for losses caused by risk events. Given the infinite variety of risks that existed, it is unsurprising that insurance—the primary modern risk mitigation industry—developed through a wide range of organizational forms. Yet we know little about why different forms of organization were chosen in the past, or why they survived or disappeared. This book represents the first attempt to explore the foundation, co-existence, and performance of multiple organizational forms in the history of insurance, to s ... More

Keywords: insurance history, insurance regulation, mutualism, stock corporations, risk, agency theory, organization theory

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198739005
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739005.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin Pearson, editor
Professor of Economic History, University of Hull

Takau Yoneyama, editor
Professor of Risk Management and Insurance, Hitotsubashi University

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Part I The Variety, Choice, Governance, and Regulation of Organizational Forms

5 The Survival and Success of Swedish Mutual Insurers

Mats Larsson and Mikael Lönnborg

Part II Mutual Insurance Organizations in Uncertain Environments

Part III The Performance of Different Organizational Forms

11 Growth Performance and Organizational Forms

Magnus Lindmark and Lars Fredrik Andersson

Part IV Demutualization

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