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Time variation in the price of catastrophe reinsurance

Keswani, A (2000) Time variation in the price of catastrophe reinsurance. Working Paper. The Department of Accounting and Finance, Lancaster University.

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Abstract

It has been shown that the price of catastrophe reinsurance varies considerably over time. In particular, prices tend to rise after catastrophes and drift down between catastrophes. We construct a dynamic model to explain these stylised features. The model has three sets of players; households, insurers and a reinsurer. As catastrophe losses are undiversifiable, insurers must set aside capital or buy reinsurance to cover losses in the eventuality of a catastrophe. This is costly because of alternative investment opportunities. We show that imperfections in the capital market are crucial for generating time variation in the price of catastrophe reinsurance.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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ID Code: 48608
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 22:01
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 01:11
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/48608

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