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CAROLYN KOUSKY – Insurance in a Warming World
February 24, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm PST
THE ENERGY AND RESOURCES GROUP PRESENTS: SPEAKER: Carolyn Kousky Executive Director Wharton Risk Center University of Pennsylvania DATE: February 24, 2021 TIME: 1:30-3:00 PM LOCATION: Zoom MEETING ID: 940 9990 7679 PASSCODE: 145981 NOTE: Participants who are not eligible for a UC Berkeley-provided Zoom account can use a Zoom account provided by their institution, can create a free, consumer Zoom account (at https://zoom.us/freesignup/), or can dial in via the phone. DESCRIPTION: At the same time that disaster insurance is becoming ever more essential to ensure the financial resiliency of households and communities in the face of escalating extremes, those very events are stressing these markets. This presentation will discuss the design of public-private partnerships to stabilize disaster insurance markets, the extent to which insurance can be a risk signal to housing and mortgage markets, and how to harness insurance for greater investments in resilience. BIOGRAPHY: Carolyn Kousky is Executive Director of the Wharton Risk Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also directs the Policy Incubator. Dr. Kousky’s research examines multiple aspects of disaster insurance markets, disaster finance, catastrophe risk management, and policy approaches for building climate resilience. She is the vice-chair of the California Climate Insurance Working Group, a university fellow at Resources for the Future, and a non-resident scholar at the Insurance Information Institute. She has a BS in Earth Systems from Stanford University and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.