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How Does the Corporate World Cope with Mega-Terrorism? Puzzling Evidence from Terrorism Insurance Markets

  • Erwann Michel-Kerjan
  • Burkhard Pedell

Terrorist attacks that have succeeded abroad since 2001, as well as others that were prevented, indicate that the threat of a large-scale attack is real and will be with us for a long time. Focusing on the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, this article analyzes the role that insurance can play in providing commercial enterprises with financial protection against the economic consequences of major terrorist attacks. 2006 Morgan Stanley.

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Volume (Year): 18 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 61-75

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