All fired up: the growth of fire insurance in Sweden, 1830-1950
2010 (English)In: Financial History Review, ISSN 0968-5650, E-ISSN 1474-0052, Vol. 17, no 1, 99-117 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this article we investigate supply and demand factors that have been put forward to explain the growth of fire insurance markets in Sweden during the financial revolution. We show that income growth and urbanisation fostered the demand for fire insurance. The supply of fire insurance, on the other hand, helps explain financial market development. Fire insurance assisted in mortgaging fixed assets, such as houses, through guaranteeing them as collateral. On both the upply side and the demand side, fire insurance was a key factor of the financial revolution in Sweden.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge Journals , 2010. Vol. 17, no 1, 99-117 p.
Insurance, financial revolution, Sweden, household consumption, economic growth
Research subject Economic History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-33037DOI: 10.1017/S0968565009990151OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-33037DiVA: diva2:309672
ProjectsFinansiell omvandling och ekonomisk tillväxtThe historical development of the Swedish insurance industry
FunderRiksbankens Jubileumsfond, P2006-0679:1-E