Howard Kunreuther

James G. Dinan Professor Emeritus
Professor of Decision Sciences and Business and Public Policy
Co-Director, Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center
Research Interests: decision processes, insurance, low-probability events and decision making, risk assessment and risk perception


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Howard Kunreuther is the James G. Dinan Professor Emeritus of Decision Sciences and Public Policy, and Co-Director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  Howard has a long-standing interest in ways that society can better manage low-probability, high-consequence events related to technological and natural hazards.  He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a distinguished fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, and recipient of the Shin Research Excellence Award from the Geneva Association and International Insurance Society in recognition of his outstanding work on the role of public-private partnerships in mitigating and managing risks. His recent books include Mastering Catastrophic Risk: How Companies are Coping with Disruption (with M. Useem); The Ostrich Paradox: Why We Underprepare for Disasters (with R. Meyer); The Future of Risk Management (with R. Meyer and E. Michel-Kerjan); and Insurance and Behavioral Economics: Improving Decisions in the Most Misunderstood Industry (with M. Pauly and S. McMorrow).