Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/12941
Title: National culture and life insurance consumption
Authors: Chui, ACW 
Kwok, CCY
Keywords: Hofstede
Insurance
Insurance consumption
National culture
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Source: Journal of international business studies, 2008, v. 39, no. 1, p. 88-101 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of international business studies 
Abstract: This cross-disciplinary study examines the way national culture affects consumption patterns of life insurance across countries. Life insurance is a service that is abstract, complex, and focused on unsure future benefits. Because of the uncertainty and ambiguity inherent in the life insurance product, consumers are more likely to respond according to their cultural prescriptions. Our research hypotheses are tested empirically using Hofstede's cultural dimensions, and data from 1976-2001 across 41 countries. The findings show that individualism indeed has a significant, positive effect on life insurance consumption, whereas power distance and masculinityfemininity have significant, negative effects. The results are robust, even after controlling for economic, institutional and demographic determinants.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/12941
ISSN: 0047-2506
EISSN: 1478-6990
DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400316
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