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The Political Economy of Natural Disaster Insurance: Lessons from the Failure of a Proposed Compulsory Insurance Scheme in Germany

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  • Reimund Schwarze
  • Gert G. Wagner

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This paper studies the politico-economic reasons for the refusal of a proposed compulsory flood insurance scheme in Germany. It provides the rationale for such scheme and outlines the basic features of a market-orientated design. The main reasons for the political down-turn of this proposal were the misperceived costs of a state guarantee, legal objections against a compulsory insurance, distributional conflicts between the federal government and the Ger-man states (Länder) on the implied administrative costs, and the well-known charity hazard of ad-hoc disaster relief. The focus on pure market solutions proved to be an ineffective strategy for policy advice in this field.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin with number 620.

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Length: 19 p.
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp620

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  1. Hans-Werner Sinn, 1994. "A Theory of the Welfare State," NBER Working Papers 4856, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Reimund Schwarze & Gert G. Wagner, 2004. "In the Aftermath of Dresden: New Directions in German Flood Insurance," The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance, The International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics, vol. 29(2), pages 154-168, 04.
  3. Reimund Schwarze & Gert G. Wagner, 2003. "Marktkonforme Versicherungspflicht für Naturkatastrophen: Bausteine einer Elementarschadenversicherung," DIW Wochenbericht, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 70(12), pages 183-189.
  4. Reimund Schwarze & Gert G. Wagner, 2002. "Hochwasserkatastrophe in Deutschland: über Soforthilfen hinausdenken," DIW Wochenbericht, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 69(35), pages 596-600.
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  1. Reimund Schwarze & Gert G. Wagner, 2009. "Natural Hazards Insurance in Europe ? Tailored Responses to Climate Change Needed," Working Papers 2009-06, Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck.
  2. Grislain-Letrémy, Céline, 2013. "Natural Disasters: Exposure and Underinsurance," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/13276, Paris Dauphine University.
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  4. Céline Grislain-Letremy, 2013. "Natural Disters : Exposure and Underinsurance," Working Papers 2013-15, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.
  5. Christian Kuhlicke & Anna Scolobig & Sue Tapsell & Annett Steinführer & Bruna Marchi, 2011. "Contextualizing social vulnerability: findings from case studies across Europe," Natural Hazards, International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 58(2), pages 789-810, August.
  6. E. Keskitalo & Gregor Vulturius & Peter Scholten, 2014. "Adaptation to climate change in the insurance sector: examples from the UK, Germany and the Netherlands," Natural Hazards, International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 71(1), pages 315-334, March.
  7. Beck, Silke & Kuhlicke, Christian & Görg, Christoph, 2009. "Climate policy integration, coherence, and governance in Germany. PEER Climate Change Initiative - Project 2: "Climate policy integration, coherence, and governance"," UFZ Reports 01/2009, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).
  8. C. Grislain-Letrémy, 2013. "Natural Disasters: Exposure and Underinsurance," Documents de Travail de la DESE - Working Papers of the DESE g2013-12, Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques, DESE.

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