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Grad student talk - Hurricane insurability: What is the problem?

Thursday, March 31, 2011, 4:30PM - 5:30PM


Jessica Weinkle

Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR)


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Since the mid 90's, claims have run rampant that changes in hurricanes have led to increased damage costs. While most play lip service to the socioeconomic basis for such rising costs, homeowners insurance premiums have also risen. Today, there are claims that climate change has led to a "crisis" of insurance availability and affordability. In Thursday's talk I will introduce the public policy debate as it stands in Florida and ask if the problem is one of looming climate change, evil insurance companies, or poorly constructed state regulations.