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Insurance and Expanding Systemic Risks

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This comprehensive study responds to the growing concerns of economic, financial, political and social actors regarding the ever increasing exposure to new expanding risks. These risks are particularly related to natural disaster/environment pollution, technology, health and terrorism. For insurers the difficulty is encountered in adequately appraising and covering the potential liability stemming from these risks. It also sketches out some policy recommendations for decision makers in governments and in the business community on how to limit, prevent and manage such risks. In this perspective it will constitute a unique reference work for the attention of both OECD countries and emerging economies.

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Introduction

It is well known that many new risks are emerging as a result of various causes. Technological progress may have led to substantial benefits and gains for society but an unavoidable side-effect has been that substantial health risks have arisen and that serious environmental pollution is threatening the global commons. By the latter, we refer to global warming and the depletion of the ozone layer. Some argue that there is a direct causal link between human activities and climate change...

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