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Economies of Scale in Services: A Study of Multinational Insurers

Frances A. Katrishen and Nicos A. Scordis
Journal of International Business Studies
Vol. 29, No. 2 (2nd Qtr., 1998), pp. 305-323
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/155605
Page Count: 19
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Economies of Scale in Services: A Study of Multinational Insurers
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Abstract

This study investigates whether multinational insurers achieve economies of scale. Using a time-series, cross-sectional design, it analyzes the relationship between expenses and output of multinational insurers. The study finds that multinational insurers achieve economies of scale only up to a point, and rather than benefitting from scale, the most internationally diverse insurers suffer diseconomies. The conclusion is that the benefits of extensive foreign acquisitions by insurers are questionable.

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