Insurance over two centuries
: Asset management, shareholder liability and regulation

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This thesis looks at the development and evolution of UK insurance companies over the last two centuries. It explores the following interrelated issues: the development of the asset portfolios of life assurance companies, the disappearance of shareholder liability in insurance companies, and the introduction of the first regulatory framework for insurance companies with the Life Assurance Companies Act of 1870.

Date of AwardJul 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SponsorsEconomic & Social Research Council
SupervisorChristopher Coyle (Supervisor) & John Turner (Supervisor)


  • Insurance
  • life assurance
  • asset management
  • shareholder liability
  • life assurance companies Act 1870

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