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World InsuranceThe Evolution of a Global Risk Network$
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Peter Borscheid and Niels Viggo Haueter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199657964

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657964.001.0001

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Argentina: The Changing Fortunes of the Argentinian Insurance Market

Argentina: The Changing Fortunes of the Argentinian Insurance Market

(p.620) Chapter 27 Argentina: The Changing Fortunes of the Argentinian Insurance Market
World Insurance

Yolanda Blasco

Rodrigo Rabetino

Oxford University Press

Before the official declaration of an independent Argentine Republic on the 9 July 1816, the Kingdom of Spain had organized its territory in South America as a commercial monopoly, with the objective of earning much needed fiscal revenues. Marine insurance contracts relating to these early trading activities tended to be managed from the Iberian Peninsula. The European powers tended not to export their own insurance models to these new markets with the goal of founding domestic operations. Instead they were primarily interested in insurance as a means of securing trade routes and safeguarding the interests of their own citizens and trading companies, to whom they would often be closely related. In particular, life insurance played a minor role and would have to largely await the development of local, domestic insurers in the twentieth century. There was, however, early recognition of the potential role of insurance from those trying to create a stable and independent Argentine state. This chapter traces the history of the development of Argentinian insurance industry. It discusses the shaping of a national insurance market from 1890–1936; nationalization and the drive for growth from 1937–1976; and opening-up from 1976–2010.

Keywords:   Argentinian insurance industry, insurance history, reinsurance, marine insurance, life insurance

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