Wharton Risk Management and
Decision Processes Center
For three decades, the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has been at the forefront of basic and applied research to promote effective corporate and public policies for low-probability events with potentially catastrophic consequences.
What We Do
Understanding and improving individual decision-making in the presence of uncertainty
Researching and evaluating strategies for risk communication, risk reduction, and risk transfer
Engaging decision-makers in designing
effective risk management policies
In the News
Design and planning experts gathered on campus to take up the challenge of preparing for climate change to share strategies for adapting to rising sea levels, fiercer storms, and sinking shorelines.
Los Angeles Times
Op-ed by Carolyn Kousky: “Just as business-as-usual emissions are no longer tenable, neither is business-as-usual disaster policy.”
Risk Center Updates
Today, many homeowners are uninsured against flood damage. The lack of widespread take-up of flood insurance will not only impose financial strain on families but could have spillover effects in adjoining communities and may trigger foreclosures that hurt lenders. This paper describes the U.S. housing market’s exposure to flood risk and suggests directions for future research and action.
The annual report summarizes initiatives in mitigation and risk communication for natural and man-made risks. It also provides highlights of outreach and engagement activities, news items, recent publications and conferences, and a directory of faculty and research fellows associated with the Risk Center.
Why would a consumer, having decided whether or not to purchase insurance for a particular year, change that decision over time – even if their risk and premium remain exactly the same every year in the future? In a new study, Behavioral Economics of Multiperiod Insurance Purchasing Behavior: the Role of Emotions, we find that many people are swayed by their emotions and past experiences when making future insurance decisions.
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