Title

Natural Disasters: Exposure and Underinsurance

Date of Publication

2021 12:00 AM

Security Theme

Extreme Events

Keywords

Natural Disasters, insurances, mirco-data, assistance, Latin Americ and the Caribbean.

Description

The insurance coverage for natural disasters remains low in many exposed areas, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean. Reduced availability or unaffordability of insurance are commonly identified as the primary causes for this low insurance coverage. The French overseas departments provide a rare example of a well-developed and regulated supply of natural disaster insurance. They offer an exceptional opportunity to analyze the demand-side determinants of insurance coverage in these highly exposed regions. Based on unique household-level micro-data, I estimate a structural model of insurance supply and demand. Because my data set combines detailed information on both insured and uninsured households, I can analyze the extensive margin in the insurance market, that is, the insurance take-up. I show that the low insurance take-up rate in the French overseas departments is mainly due to uninsurable housing and the anticipation of assistance.

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Jan 1st, 12:00 AM

Natural Disasters: Exposure and Underinsurance

The insurance coverage for natural disasters remains low in many exposed areas, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean. Reduced availability or unaffordability of insurance are commonly identified as the primary causes for this low insurance coverage. The French overseas departments provide a rare example of a well-developed and regulated supply of natural disaster insurance. They offer an exceptional opportunity to analyze the demand-side determinants of insurance coverage in these highly exposed regions. Based on unique household-level micro-data, I estimate a structural model of insurance supply and demand. Because my data set combines detailed information on both insured and uninsured households, I can analyze the extensive margin in the insurance market, that is, the insurance take-up. I show that the low insurance take-up rate in the French overseas departments is mainly due to uninsurable housing and the anticipation of assistance.