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Motivating factors for consumers to participate in takāful: a survey by Indian insurance policyholders

Syed Ahmed Salman (Faculty of Business and Accountancy, Lincoln University College, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia)
Rusni Hassan (Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance, International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research

ISSN: 1759-0817

Article publication date: 23 June 2020

Issue publication date: 6 December 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the perception and acceptability of insurance policyholders to introduce takāful in India. The primary focus of this research is insurance policyholders because they currently have insurance policies and it is believed that they are familiar with the concept of insurance, compared to the people who do not have any insurance policy.

Design/methodology/approach

New product diffusion theory is used in developing the hypothesis and a questionnaire. In this research, the population is unknown, and hence, the non-probability sample is used. Quota sampling and snowball sampling methods are used in this survey, with a sample size of 909 respondents, including Muslim and non-Muslim policyholders. The external factors that motivate potential policyholders to participate in takāful are the independent variable here; while the respondents’ actual willingness to participate in takāful is the dependent variable. Regression analysis is performed to analyse the data.

Findings

Based on 909 respondents, it is found that the factors such as cost vs benefits, marketing and promotion and social and religion play a significant role in a consumers’ decision-making at 1% significant level overall. The attribute of agents can influence the consumers at a 10% significant level overall. However, other factors, namely, accessibility, availability and service quality, product features and reputation of the company cannot pursue the consumers in India.

Research limitations/implications

The questionnaires are distributed in 10 cities from nine states out of 28 states in India. Thus, it covers only one-third of the states. Future research can expand the respondents from other states that have not been researched.

Practical implications

India is opening to foreign investments in the Indian insurance industry, and thus, the findings are useful for industrial players, investors, policymakers for the development of takāful in India.

Originality/value

Limited research has been done in previous studies and this research is the pinnacle within-depth survey regarding takāful in India.

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Citation

Salman, S.A. and Hassan, R. (2020), "Motivating factors for consumers to participate in takāful: a survey by Indian insurance policyholders", Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research, Vol. 11 No. 9, pp. 1871-1888. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIABR-12-2018-0217

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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