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A Radical Shift in Managing Risks: Practical Applications of Complexity Theory

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  • Chichilnisky, Graciela

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Complexity theory is designed to bring order out of a rough-and- tumble world, something close to every insurance professional's or actuary's heart. Whether applied in the laboratory or as part of a mathematical model, it can do wonderful things . But in the real world it's just what its name says-a theory. It may help us understand why things go one way or another, but it can't foretell those things with such certainty that an insurance company could, say, set its rates based on the knowledge that only one hurricane will strike Florida during the coming year...

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 7881.

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Date of creation: Jan 1998
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:7881

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Keywords: Complexity theory; risk; risk management; managing risk; climate change; global warming; chaotic systems; weather; hedging; hedge;

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  1. Chichilnisky, Graciela & Heal, Geoffrey, 1998. "Managing unknown risks: the future of global reinsurance," MPRA Paper 8820, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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