In November 2016, Resources for the Future and the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center brought together researchers, policymakers, and private sector experts for critical conversations about the role of government in disaster insurance markets. At the workshop, “Improving
Disaster Financing: Evaluating Policy Interventions in Disaster Insurance Markets,” the SOA sponsored new papers presented by world-renowned scholars on six governmental disaster insurance programs:
Participants discussed the ideal roles of the public and private sectors in disaster risk financing and evaluated each program against a range of topic areas, such as incentives for risk reduction, take-up rates, how costs are distributed, and the influence on the private market. Papers on the
individual disaster insurance programs follow below.