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Prévention des catastrophes naturelles : viser le long terme sans attendre

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  • Céline Grislain-Letrémy
  • Bertrand Villeneuve

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Urbanization in areas prone to natural hazards is massive and will grow. Economic analysis offers several tools to contain this phenomenon: insurance pricing in relation to risk, and zoning and building standards in exposed areas. Both approaches are theoretically equivalent, but their applications pose different challenges, and financial incentives were exaggeratedly reduced in France. In both cases, a more rigorous policy will meet opposition, because it will affect more specifically certain places. We discuss the difficult management of the past, and we explain why the grandfather rights or expropriation can not be considered sustainable responses. Classification JEL: H23, G22, R52, Q54.

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  • Céline Grislain-Letrémy & Bertrand Villeneuve, 2015. "Prévention des catastrophes naturelles : viser le long terme sans attendre," Revue d'économie financière, Association d'économie financière, vol. 0(1), pages 127-136.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:refaef:ecofi_117_0127
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    JEL classification:

    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
    • R52 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Land Use and Other Regulations
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming

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