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1. Media selection (click on the article’s title to read it)
Why the Climate Change Debate Has Cooled Off from the Presidential Election. Dr. Michel-Kerjan discusses climate risks in the US presidential campaign. Knowledge@Wharton, Sirius XM. July 20, 2016.
What the Brussels Attacks Mean for Global Security. Dr. Michel-Kerjan discusses the impacts of the series of terrorist attacks in Europe on businesses. Knowledge@Wharton. May 23, 2016.
The Four A’s: Turning Big Data into Useful Information. Dr. Michel-Kerjan shares his view on the use of metrics and value creation for the future of health care. Knowledge@Wharton. May 11, 2016.
An Earthquake of a Snowstorm.
Op-Ed by Dr. Michel-Kerjan and colleagues Useem and Kunreuther on lessons learned from the remarkable comeback of Chile after the massive 2010 earthquake –based on their new book, Leadership Dispatches (click here), and how to think of those in the context of the current storm paralysis in the Northeast. The article also appeared in the March 6 edition of the print newspaper (Page A7). USA Today. March 5, 2015.
Dr. Michel-Kerjan’s work is cited in the article U.S. Terrorism Insurance Set to End After Senator’s Objections, by Cheyenne Hopkins. BloombergBusinessweek, December 16, 2014.
The Unexpected Threat to Super Bowl XLIX.
Op-Ed by Dr. Michel-Kerjan and Wharton colleague Kunreuther on the need to renew the federal terrorism insurance program that provide a financial safety net to all firms in America (including those organizing large-scale sport events). BloombergBusinessweek, December 9, 2014. (Note: This op-ed went pretty viral on the Internet; then TRIA was extended in January 2015, allowing the the Super Bowl to be played).
To Get People to Buy Insurance, Change How You Talk About Risk
Op-Ed by Dr. Michel-Kerjan and Wharton colleagues Meyer and Kunreuther on how to reframe our national discussion about risk taking. BloombergBusinessweek, September 22, 2014.
The future of terrorism insurance for Corporate America
Opinion by Dr. Michel-Kerjan (joint with H. Kunreuther) on the future of terrorism insurance market and legislation in the US. Exclusively for CNBC, July 22, 2014.
El sombrío negocio de los seguros contra catástrofes
Interview of Dr. Michel-Kerjan on the use of financial product to hedge the monetary consequences of catastrophes. BBC WORLD (in Spanish), April 7, 2014.
Flood Insurance: Waives of problems. New proposals to reform subsidized flood insurance do too little to reduce risk. Interview of Dr. Michel-Kerjan on the most recent legislative reforms of flood insurance markets in the US and in the UK. (for access to the full article, click here). The Economist, March 8-14, 2014.
Maintain the best features of Biggert-Waters, Op-Ed by Dr. Michel-Kerjan and Wharton’s colleague Dr. Kunreuther on the upcoming reform of the national flood insurance program (the opinion appeared the day before a briefing by the authors in the House of Representatives). (click here). The Hill, March 6, 2014.
Stop the Davos Bashing! A Five Point Reality Check, Opinion by Dr. Michel-Kerjan on the important role played by the World Economic Forum in today’s volatile and uncertain world. (access the article here). Exclusively for CNBC, January 28, 2014.
Insurance for Floods May Force Relocations, by Gia Gregory. Interview of Dr. Michel-Kerjan on the potential flood insurance price increases in New York as a result of the new FEMA flood maps. (click here). The New York Times, October 26, 2013.
Viewpoint: The Case for Government-Backed Terrorism Insurance, Opinion by Erwann Michel-Kerjan. The article fundamentally repositions the debate about the future of the $100 billion terrorism risk insurance program (which is to expire in 18 months). It proposes concrete changes in the program. Published by TIME. (click here). July 09, 2013.
Boston bombings show need for terrorism insurance, by Jayne O’Donnell. Interview of Erwann Michel-Kerjan on the economics and insurance implications of the attacks in Boston on local small businesses. USA Today. (click here). April 23, 2013.
Paying for Future Catastrophes, Opinion, by Erwann Michel-Kerjan and Howard Kunreuther, Exclusively for the New York Times’ Sunday Review, (click here) November 25, 2012.
Taxpayers at Risk As Storm Bills Come Due, by Felicity Barringer. Interview on flood insurance and possible reforms post Sandy. The New York Times (click here), November 15, 2012.
Flood Insurance, Already Fragile, Faces New Stress, by Eric Lipton, Felicity Barringer and Mary Williams. Recent in-depth analyses of the National Flood Insurance Program by Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives is discussed on the front page of the print edition.
The New York Times (click here), November 12, 2012.
A New Manhattan Project, by Bill Keller. Interview of Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan on how we can fix America’s exposure to extreme events. The New York Times (print edition; click here), November 11, 2012.
For Flood Victims, Another Blow Is Possible, by Edward Wyatt and Mary Williams Walsh. Interview of Dr. Michel-Kerjan on the national flood insurance program and its coverage of Hurricane Sandy’s flood-related losses. And also how this program is going thru a massive reform now. The New York Times (print edition; click here), October 31, 2012.
Interview of Dr. Michel-Kerjan on the consequences of Hurricane Sandy on the US economy. Sandy Stimulus? Don’t bet on it, by Anne VanderMey. CNN Money/Fortune, October 30, 2012.
Interview of Dr. Michel-Kerjan on the JP Morgan’s decision to review its dealings with dozens of brokerages that use the bank to settle trades. JP Morgan Rankled by Risk, by Julie Steinberg, Jenny Steinberg, Jenny Strasburg, and Dan Fitzpatrick. The Wall Street Journal, page C1, August 31, 2012.
Why We Should Not (Always) Blame Congress. Op-Ed by Dr. Michel-Kerjan and Howard Kunreuther on how Congress made an important move on the reform of the $1.2 trillion national flood insurance program. The Huffington Post, August 8, 2012.
Toward a Euro II Quarantine Zone? Op-Ed by Dr. Michel-Kerjan and Donald Callaghan on how to restore confidence in the Euro zone. The Huffington Post, June 8, 2012.
Is Income Disparity Slowly Fueling the Next Global Crisis? Opinion by Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan, with Kevin Lu (World Bank Group), on how income disparity in China could create long-term risks for the global economy. The Wall Street Journal, January 21, 2012.
Predicting Disasters of The Future: Economic Disaster, Water Shortages, and Cyber Attacks, by Neal Ungerleider. Interview of Dr. Michel-Kerjan on the new global risks and opportunities for the coming decade. FastCompany, January 20, 2012.
Top 5 Global Risks for 2012, by Meg Handley. Interview of Dr. Michel-Kerjan on the 2012 World Economic Forum Global Risk Report and why, as Mrs. Handley says, “the apocalypse (probably) won’t happen”. U.S. News and World Reports, January 17, 2012.
Natural Disasters: Counting the cost of calamities. Death rates from natural disasters are falling; and fears that they have become more common are misplaced. But their economic cost is rising relentlessly. The Economist (print edition), January 14-20, 2012.
Economic Troubles Cited As the Top Risks in 2012, by Erik Pfanner. Interview of Dr. Michel-Kerjan on global risks for 2012 and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the most costly disaster in recent history. New York Times (print edition), January 11, 2012.
Op-Ed by Dr. Michel-Kerjan on how the G20 can be much more proactive on supporting global risk management in governments. G20 to Support the Establishement of National Risk Officers? The Huffington Post, November 1, 2011.
Investors turn to ‘catastrophe bonds’ as hedge against uncertain market, by Tim Devaney. Interview of Dr. Michel-kerjan on the future of catastrophe bond market and other alternative risk instruments. The Washington Times, October 12, 2011.
FEMA aid a disaster in the making? Payouts to weather-ravaged areas have surged in the last decade, by Tony Wood. interview of Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan on his recent work on the impact of growing expectation of federal disaster relief. The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 3, 2011.
Opinion by Dr. Michel-Kerjan. Prepare yourself, natural disasters will only get worse. The Washington Post, September 15, 2011.
Op-Ed by Dr. Michel-Kerjan on how natural disasters impact economic growth in Haiti and Japan. Are Extreme Events Roadblocks to Growth? The Huffington Post, September 9, 2011.
Hurricane Irene leaves behind a bill for taxpayers, by Matt Pearce. Interview of Dr. Michel-Kerjan on the status of flood insurance in devastated areas. The Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2011.
Residents of Delaware County town feeling snowed by flood-insurance mandate, by Anthony Wood The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 31, 2011.
The Year in Risk.(click) Discussion with Drs. Kunreuther and Michel-Kerjan on global risks in 2011, and how those risks are interconnected. Wharton magazine. Spring 2011.
Risky Business: Insurance Industry Entering ‘New Era’ of Catastrophes. Interview of Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan by Patricia-Anne Tom. Insurance Journal. May, 2011.
Interview of Erwann Michel-Kerjan by Parag Khanna on Cascading Risks from Nuclear Meltdowns to Food Crises. April 2011.
Disaster Averted? A torrent of bad news for business may be good news for enterprise risk management. By Russ Banham, CFO magazine. April 2011.
“Japan: Mega-Shocks,” (in French), Le Monde, Interview of Erwann Michel-Kerjan, March 22, 2011.
Catastrophes in Japan. Interview of Erwann Michel-Kerjan with Thom Patterson, CNN, on how US preparedness to earthquakes compared to Japan. ‘Prophet of doom’ calls for better U.S. quake preparation. March 15, 2011.
Sollicited Opinion by Erwann Michel-Kerjan, Washington Post. The Davos Barometer.WashingtonPost.EMK.2011pdf. January 24, 2011.
Live interview of Erwann Michel-Kerjan on Bloomgerg TV with Erik Schatzker for InsideTrack. What have we learned from the 2011 edition of the Global Risks report? January 13, 2011. CLICK HERE.
Interview of Erwann Michel-Kerjan with John Lisk, CNN Radio, on how better manage and finance Global Risks and on Davos 2011. January 13, 2011.
Interview on the state of America’s aging infrastructure, government responsibilities and business opportunties for the private sector. Bloomberg Radio, The Haye Advantage. January 6, 2010.
Op-Ed by Erwann Michel-Kerjan on the situation in Pakistan. The Collapse of Compassion.HuffingtonPost.2010 (with Paul Slovic), October 7, 2010.
Op-Ed by Erwann Michel-Kerjan on the challenges facing the Pakistani government and the international community given the potential ripple effects of the historical floods on political instability and security. WashingtonPost OpEd.EMK.PakistanSept2010 September 2, 2010.
Interview by the French leading business newspaper. (in French). Facing the global threat of terrorism risk, the OECD recommands a global response, by Geraldine Vial. AssuranceTerroriste, June 7, 2010.
“How to manage risk in complex projects” (Click here). Interview for the Financial Times, May 19, 2010.
Op-Ed by Erwann Michel-Kerjan: “Reform of the US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP): Introducing Long-Term Flood Insurance”, April 28, 2010.
“Not Up in the Air”, Coverage of the business and risk management impact of the volcano in Iceland, The Economist, (interview of Erwann Michel-Kerjan) — April 22-30, 2010.
The Return of History, by David Brooks (discusses Erwann Michel-Kerjan’s book The Irrational Economist )– The New York Times, March 2010.
Why Natural Disasters Are More Expensive—But Less Deadly, by Mathhew Bandyk (discusses Erwann Michel-kerjan’s book At War with the Weather) — March 2010.
A More Dangerous World, Op-Ed (with Paul Slovic), Newsweek, March 1, 2010. A More Dangerous World.MichelKerjan&Slovic.Newsweek.2010
Friday, January 22, 2010 12:00 – 12:20pm Eastern KVON “Late Mornings with Jeff Schechtman” – click HERE to access the program (scroll down to “Making Decision in a Dangerous World”
NPR Radio Interview – THINK, with Krys Boyd. (Kera radio). 1pm to 2 pm. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. Click HERE to access the podcast.
“MoneyTalk with Bob Brinker“. Radio Interview (Money talk is nationally syndicated to more than 220 ABC radio network affiliates). Jan. 10, 2010.
“Economic Panic Attack” (By Daniel Gross), Newsweek, Dec. 14, 2009.
“Disaster Risk Management Reborn” Risk Management Magazine, Dec. 2009.
“Dealing with the Extraordinary” Interview for Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report, Sept.2009.
“If a major hurricane strikes Florida this season, we all pay.” Palm Beach Post, May 30, 2009.
“Major Earthquake Devastates Central Italy” Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2009.
“Most Expensive States To Insure A Home” (by Matt Woolsey), Forbes, August 10, 2008.
“The Biggest Crisis of All.” (By Rana Foroohar) Newsweek, May 19, 2008.
“Winning by a Landslide: Why more disasters are declared during an election year.” (By Daniel Gross), Newsweek, Feb. 29, 2008.
“Autopsie neuroéconomique de la crise financière” (in French, with O. Oullier), Le Figaro, Op-Ed, Jan. 28, 2008.
What Is the State of U.S. Disaster-Preparedness?” New York Times “Freakonomics Quorum,” Nov. 9, 2007.
“The Other Energy Crisis” (with Debra Decker), Booz|Allen|Hamilton Leading Ideas, Sept. 4, 2007.
“Ensuring Global Uranium Supplies,” (with Debra Decker), International Herald Tribune, Op-Ed, Dec.22, 2006.
“Facing Global Risks: Relearning How to Govern the World?,” (in French, with T. Malleret), Le Figaro, Op-Ed, Nov.13, 2006
“A New Era Calls for a New Model,” (with P. Lagadec) International Herald Tribune, Op-Ed, Nov. 1, 2005.
2. Older Knowledge@Wharton contributions
Knowledge@Wharton is the influential online journal from Wharton that reaches to over 1.8 million business and policy leaders in more than 190 countries around the world (5 million pages viewed per month). Click on the article’s title to access it and the audio play.
- “Don’t Mention It: How ‘Undiscussables’ Can Undermine an Organization”. Interview of Dr. Michel-Kerjan on the situation at PennState, MF Global, Olympus. December 20, 2011.
- Crisis in Japan: What Will the Costs Be? . Exclusive interview of Erwann Michel-Kerjan on the situation in Japan post disaster. March 16, 2011. (radio podcast available online)
- Risk Management in MENA and Tunisia’s ‘Wake-up Call’ . Exclusive interview of Erwann Michel-Kerjan on the situation in the Middle-East and North Africa countries (MENA). January 25, 2011. (radio podcast available online)
- “America’s Aging Infrastructure: What to Fix, and Who Will Pay?” , November 10, 2010. “Is America ready for the 21st century? The answer is no.” (radio podcast available online)
- “Mexico’s Drug War: The Battle to Remain Safe, Low-cost and Competitive”, Knowledge@Wharton, September 15, 2010. (radio podcast available online)
- Clear and Present Danger: Cyberattacks, Hackers and the Increasing Threat to Information Security. July 5, 2010. (radio podcast available;click on the article’s title)
- Changes in the Air: What Will Come of the Copenhagen Climate Summit?” (podcast) Knowledge@Wharton, Dec 9, 2009.
- “One War We Shouldn’t Avoid: A New Approach to Reducing the Cost of Future Catastrophes,” (podcast) Knowledge@Wharton podcast July 8, 2009.
- “Has the Response to Swine Flu Been Too Feverish?” Knowledge@Wharton, May 13, 2009.
- “Re-thinking Risk Management: Why the Mindset Matters More Than the Model,” Knowledge@Wharton, April 15, 2009.
- “Katrina, 9/11, Global Recession: Moving Beyond Old Thinking about New Risks,” Knowledge@Wharton, Feb. 18, 2009
- “A View from Dalian, China: The New Risk Architecture and Our Growing Interdependence,” Knowledge@Wharton, December 12, 2007.
- “A New Plan to Insure the Supply — and Safe Use — of Uranium in the Nuclear Energy Market,” Knowledge@Wharton, April 18, 2007.
- “When Local Risks Become Global Risks, and How We Can Minimize Them,” Knowledge@Wharton, March 21, 2007.