CEAR Academic Pre-Conference in Microinsurance 2016

Posted On June 9, 2015

November 14, 2016 – November 14, 2016

Cinnamon Grand Hotel


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The Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR) is organizing an academic preconference to the 12th International Microinsurance Conference. The pre-conference will attract researchers to present major findings and participate in a panel on directions for research in microinsurance. The panel is designed to be pedagogic to allow open discussion among the panel members and participants.

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, the Insurance Association of Sri Lanka, and the Microinsurance Network. For more information on the main conference, see http://www.munichre-foundation.org/home/Microinsurance/2016IMC.html.

Presentations in the academic pre‐conference will be plenary, and allow enough time for detailed discussion of each presentation and for shared discussion. We aim for 45 minutes for each paper, although we may vary this depending on the paper and topics. There will also be panels in the pre‐conference, led by senior researchers, and designed to open up discussion.

The keynote speaker for this event is Professor Michael Carter. Professor Carter is a Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. He is also a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Fellow of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, the Director of the BASIS Innovation Lab, and a BREAD Fellow. Professor Carter's fields of interest span development economics, poverty dynamics, rural credit and insurance markets, agricultural development and income distribution, land tenure and land. His most recent work focuses on index insurance and adoption of improved agricultural technologies (forthcoming JDE) and evaluating willingness to pay for microinsurance (forthcoming JEBO).

CEAR will reimburse reasonable Economy class airfare, hotel costs, and registration costs for the main conference for anyone accepted for a presentation. CEAR will cover the additional costs of the pre‐conference. There will be a pre‐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.


Is now closed. Should you want to attend, but didn't register in advance, please come by the Ebony Room the day of. If there are seats available, you're welcome to attend. This event is open to any researcher, whether or not they are with an academic organization.

The event has a capped attendance at 40 participants, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.