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Calamità naturali e assicurazione: elementi di analisi per una riforma

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  • Angelo Baglioni

    () (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

  • Michele Grillo

    () (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

Abstract

Private insurance markets provide insufficient coverage for risks coming from natural disasters. We argue that in such markets the typical market failure is mainly due to reasons other than asymmetric information. More specifically, the low probability of a disaster, together with the height of the economic damage normally involved and the strong correlation among individual risks raise the insurers’ and lower the potential clients’ reservation price. The solution recently provided within the market (the CAT bonds) is interesting but unsatisfactory. Therefore the intervention of the public sector is needed. After analyzing the experience of some countries (USA, France, Spain, Switzerland), we propose a reform plan for Italy that avoids the discretionary ex post public intervention, allows an inter-temporal risk diversification, and avoids the waste of resources in risk selection (a typical feature of the private provision of insurance).

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  • Angelo Baglioni & Michele Grillo, 2009. "Calamità naturali e assicurazione: elementi di analisi per una riforma," DISCE - Quaderni dell'Istituto di Economia e Finanza ief0089, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).
  • Handle: RePEc:ctc:serie3:ief0089
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    2. Elisabetta Gualandri & Alessia Pedrazzoli & Paola Vezzani, 2015. "Finanziare la ricostruzione: attività e attori coinvolti nel sisma dell’Emilia Romagna," Department of Economics 0070, University of Modena and Reggio E., Faculty of Economics "Marco Biagi".
    3. Giuseppe Mastromatteo, 2011. "H.P. Minsky And Policies To Countervail Crises," DISCE - Quaderni dell'Istituto di Economia e Finanza ief0102, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).
    4. Giuseppe Mastromatteo, 2011. "The Debate on the Crisis: Recent Reappraisals of the Concept of Functional Finance," DISCE - Quaderni dell'Istituto di Economia e Finanza ief0105, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).

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    Keywords

    Insurance; Natural disasters; Public provision of services;

    JEL classification:

    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
    • H44 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Goods: Mixed Markets

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