CEAR Academic Pre-Conference in Microinsurance 2015
CEAR is financing and organizing an academic pre‑conference to the 11th International Microinsurance Conference to be held November 3‑5 in Casablanca, Morocco. The pre‑conference will attract researchers to present major findings and participate in a panel on recent developments in research. The pre‑conference would be for 1½ days immediately prior to the main conference, on November 2 and 3. This would include the morning half‑day prior to the opening of the main conference on November 3, as well as a full day on November 2.
The main conference will also include sessions on scientific research into microinsurance. Approximately 400 participants and experts from around the world will discuss ways of accelerating growth and economic viability in microinsurance. The conference will be hosted by the Munich Re Foundation, FMSAR and the Microinsurance Network, supported by CIMA, CEAR, ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility and Making Finance Work for Africa. For more information on the main conference, see www.munichre‑foundation.org/home/Microinsurance/2015IMC.html.
Presentations in the academic pre-conference will be plenary, and allow enough time for detailed discussion of each presentation and for shared discussion. There will also be panels in the pre‑conference on specialist topics, such as the use of randomized evaluations, the modeling of basis risk from index products, applications of microinsurance ideas in developed countries, or research methods to understand risk management choices of the poor. In these panels the talks would be brief and pedagogic, to open up discussion.
Keynote speakers for the pre-conference are Professor Jerry Skees and Professor Jeremy Tobacman.
- Professor Skees is the H.B. Price Professor of Agricultural Policy and Risk at the University of Kentucky and president of GlobalAgRisk, Inc., and has long been active in designing a wide range of microinsurance schemes in many developing countries. Some of his recent work involves the challenges of designing weather insurance schemes for climate change risk (e.g., Geneva Papers, 2009) and the role of index-based risk management tools for avoiding poverty traps (e.g., World Development, 2008).
- Professor Tobacman is an Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His most recent work on microinsurance focuses on long-run evaluations of index insurance products (e.g., AER(P&P) 2014) and evaluating microinsurance as one part of a set of risk management strategies (e.g., AEJ: Applied Economics, 2013).
CEAR will cover the additional costs of the pre‑conference. There will be an academic conference dinner, for invited speakers, and CEAR will pay for this. If anyone in the pre‑conference is selected for a presentation in the main conference, Munich Re Foundation will cover their costs in the usual manner and up to the usual level; CEAR would cover any additional costs. Participation in the pre‑conference will require registration for the main conference.
The pre‑conference is, of course, open to any researcher, whether or not they are with an academic organization. CEAR handles the applications, which will be reviewed by Professor Glenn Harrison, GSU and CEAR (USA) and Dr. Karlijn Morsink, Oxford University (UK).