The Development of New Catastrophe Risk Markets

Posted: 16 Sep 2011

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Howard Kunreuther

University of Pennsylvania - Operations, Information and Decisions Department; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Erwann Michel-Kerjan

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School - Center for Risk Management

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Date Written: October 2009

Abstract

The large-scale disasters that have occurred since 2001 suggest that we have entered a new era of catastrophes. We are more vulnerable to extreme events as a result of the increasing concentration of population and activities in exposed areas of the country. The question is not whether large-scale catastrophe will occur, but when and how frequently they will strike. One key question is, Who will pay for the economic losses future disasters will inflict? This paper discusses how new catastrophe risk markets can be developed to provide the necessary financial coverage to make our country more resilient. We look specifically at insurance-linked financial instruments to complement traditional insurance and reinsurance. We also propose the development of long-term insurance and long-term loans to overcome behavioral biases such as myopia and misperception of risks. The paper concludes by proposing risk management strategies that apply to other extreme events such as the financial crisis of 2008–2009.

Suggested Citation

Kunreuther, Howard C. and Michel-Kerjan, Erwann, The Development of New Catastrophe Risk Markets (October 2009). Annual Review of Resource Economics, Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 119-139, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1928369 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.resource.050708.144302

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