Established in August 1981, ICRIER is an autonomous, policy-oriented, not-for-profit, economic policy think tank. ICRIER's main focus is to enhance the knowledge content of policymaking by undertaking analytical research that is targeted at informing India's policy
makers and also at improving the interface with the global economy. ICRIER's office is located in the institutional complex of India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Global diversification of financial institutions, including the insurance sector, has proven beneficial to many economies by providing them with increased capital flows, higher competition, and the introduction of newer technologies and distribution channels. This paper aims to critically evaluate the liberalization process of India’s insurance sector and the impact it has had on the sector, both life, and non-life segments. As India is in the process of opening its insurance sector to increasing foreign participation, we compare the liberalization approach taken up by the BRICS countries for their own insurance sectors. Finally, a brief section has been included on the impact of the insurance sector on an economy’s performance in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB) index rankings.