Economics of Insurance against Natural Catastrophes: Over-Burdened Arab Insurers
Natural catastrophes increased over time in numbers and in economic losses. This trend is expected to continue. Reinsurers operating in high risk areas attempted to transfer part of their huge losses to the financial markets or to less risky areas domestically or internationally, including Arab countries. Statistics show relatively low number of events and low economic losses resulting from natural catastrophes in Arab countries. The risk transfers over-burdened Arab insurance companies. These transfers did not receive serious academic attention. The present paper studies aspects of insurance and reinsurance against natural catastrophes, studies risk transfers and presents suggestions to reduce the extra burden that transfers inflect upon Arab insurers.
Volume (Year): 2 (2012)
Issue (Month): (August)
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