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Managing Risk in ReinsuranceFrom City Fires to Global Warming$
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Niels Viggo Haueter and Geoffrey Jones

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198754916

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754916.001.0001

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Natural Catastrophes and their Effects on Reinsurance

Natural Catastrophes and their Effects on Reinsurance

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(p.248) Chapter 10 Natural Catastrophes and their Effects on Reinsurance
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Managing Risk in Reinsurance
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Welf Werner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754916.003.0010

In this chapter, Welf Werner examines the growing attention that natural catastrophes have attracted in recent times. He compares the increase in scientific interest in the matter to the still modest level of financial and economic perspective given to the effects of natural catastrophes and the role of the insurance and reinsurance industry. Werner looks at market-changing events such as the San Francisco Earthquake in 1906 and the hurricanes Betsy (1965), Andrew (1992), and Katrina (2005), and points to the gradually changing reporting on such events, with more scientific and macroeconomic data accessed, but also industry-relevant considerations, and, finally, reporting on socio-economic impacts having a higher impact.

Keywords:   natural catastrophes, San Francisco Earthquake, socio-economic impacts, market-changing events, scientific interest, hurricanes

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