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Insurability Challenges Under Uncertainty: An Attempt to Use the Artificial Neural Network for the Prediction of Losses from Natural Disasters

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  • Rim Jemli


    (Research Unit in Development Economy, Faculty of Economics Sciences and Management, University of Sfax, Tunisia)

  • Nouri Chtourou


    (Research Unit in Development Economy, Faculty of Economics Sciences and Management, University of Sfax, Tunisia)

  • Rochdi Feki


    (Higher School of Commerce, University of Sfax, Tunisia)

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    The main difficulty for natural disaster insurance derives from the uncertainty of an event’s damages. Insurers cannot precisely appreciate the weight of natural hazards because of risk dependences. Insurability under uncertainty first requires an accurate assessment of entire damages. Insured and insurers both win when premiums calculate risk properly. In such cases, coverage will be available and affordable. Using the artificial neural network – a technique rooted in artificial intelligence - insurers can predict annual natural disaster losses. There are many types of artificial neural network models. In this paper we use the multilayer perceptron neural network, the most accommodated to the prediction task. In fact, if we provide the natural disaster explanatory variables to the developed neural network, it calculates perfectly the potential annual losses for the studied country.

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    Article provided by Savez ekonomista Vojvodine, Novi Sad, Serbia in its journal Panoeconomicus.

    Volume (Year): 57 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 43-60

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    Handle: RePEc:voj:journl:v:57:y:2010:i:1:p:43-60
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    1. Shiva S. Makki & Agapi Somwaru, 2001. "Farmers' Participation in Crop Insurance Markets: Creating the Right Incentives," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 83(3), pages 662-667.
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