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«Moderne Vertriebswege»: Die Verbreitung erfolgsorientierter Vergütungsformen im Privatkundengeschäft bei Banken und Versicherungen in Westdeutschland in den 1970er und 80er Jahren. ("Modern distribution channels": the dissemination of success-oriented forms of remuneration in the private customer business of banks and insurance companies in West Germany in the 1970s and 1980s.) (2019)


Research on performance-related compensations of financial advisors has recently become a promising field within economics and sociology, because it can help explain portfolio choices of retail customers. However, the expansion of this field to historical contexts has so far been prevented by the lack of knowledge about the historical development of these schemes. The following article aims to fill this void by exploring the spread of performance-related compensation schemes among banks and insurance companies in West Germany in the 1970s and 1980s. It is argued that this spread has been closely linked to a reform of the Federal Government system of savings subsidies in 1970. This reform led to a fierce competition between insurance companies and banks for wealth formation savings payments (vermögenswirksame Leistungen). In this article, it is argued that the characteristics of this particular state-subsidized market led to a significant advantage of financial institutions that used performance-related compensation schemes over those who did not. Thus, the latter institutions had to adopt these schemes to stay competitive. In the 1980s, banks as well as insurance companies expanded the application of compensation schemes that were originally designed for the market of wealth formation savings payments to other markets for financial products and services. Thus, the principles of competition on wealth formation savings payments were adopted to the general market for household savings.

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Authors & Contributors
Laurence, Peter
Wang, Tai-Ho
Barone, Luca
Gilder, George
Hally, Mike
Backouche, Isabelle
Business History Review
Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte
Journal Electronique d'Histoire des Probabilités et de la Statistique
Histoire & Mesure
Intellectual History Review
W. W. Norton & Co.
Joseph Henry Press
Harvard University Press
University of Maryland, College Park
Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Business and commerce
Business history
Competition, Business
Banks and banking
de Finetti, Bruno
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century, late
17th century
United States
West Germany
East Germany
Great Britain
Imperatorskii Institut Eksperimental'noi Meditsiny v Sankt-Peterburge
Lloyds Bank (1899-1999)

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