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Optimal nuclear liability insurance

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  • Alexis Louaas

    (X-DEP-ECO - Département d'Économie de l'École Polytechnique - X - École polytechnique)

  • Pierre Picard

    () (X - École polytechnique)

Abstract

We analyze the insurance of nuclear liability risk, from theoretical and applied standpoints. Firstly, we characterize the optimal insurance scheme for a low-probability industrial accident, such as a nuclear catastrophe, in a model of collective risk-sharing. Using catastrophe bond data, we then evaluate the cost of capital sustaining such an insurance mechanism. Finally, we characterize the individual lotteries associated with the risk of a nuclear accident in France, and we estimate the optimal coverage. We conclude that the corporate liability limit currently in force is likely to be inferior to the socially optimal level.

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  • Alexis Louaas & Pierre Picard, 2019. "Optimal nuclear liability insurance," Working Papers hal-01996648, HAL.
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