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Creating insurance markets for natural disaster risk in lower income countries: the potential role for securitization

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  • Jerry R. Skees
  • Barry J. Barnett
  • Anne G. Murphy

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This article considers the potential for securitizing index-based insurance products that transfer weather and natural disaster risks from lower income countries. It begins with a brief overview explaining why markets for natural disaster risks are important, yet often missing, in lower income countries and a review of some recent activities using index-based weather insurance. Next, we describe how natural disaster risks are handled in higher income countries. These examples, along with the example of an innovative index-based livestock insurance pilot project in Mongolia, illustrate how layers, or tranches, of natural disaster risk can be financed during the product development phase by creating structures similar to the Special Purpose Vehicles used in catastrophe bond, mortgage bond, and the emerging microfinance bond markets. We refer to these investment alternatives as micro-CAT bonds since the principle amounts would be small relative to the existing CAT bond market.

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Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal Agricultural Finance Review.

Volume (Year): 68 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (September)
Pages: 151-167

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Handle: RePEc:eme:afrpps:v:68:y:2008:i:1:p:151-167

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Keywords: Catastrophe risk; Index insurance; Reinsurance; Socially responsible investing; Weather risks;

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Cited by:
  1. Wenzel, Lars & Wolf, André, 2013. "Protection against major catastrophes: An economic perspective," HWWI Research Papers 137, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).
  2. Zhiwei Shen & Martin Odening, 2013. "Coping with systemic risk in index-based crop insurance," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 44(1), pages 1-13, 01.
  3. Xu, Wei & Odening, Martin & Musshoff, Oliver, 2008. "Optimal Design of Weather Bonds," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 6781, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  4. Mirović, Vera & Bolesnikov, Dragana, 2013. "Application Of Asset Securitization In Financing Agriculture In Serbia," Economics of Agriculture, Institute of Agricultural Economics, vol. 60(3).

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