Howard Kunreuther

Wharton Risk Management - Howard KunreutherJames G. Dinan Professor
Professor of Operations and Information Management
Professor of Decision Sciences and Business Economics and Public Policy
Co-Director, Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center
Research Interests: decision processes, insurance, low-probability events and decision making, managerial economics, operations management, regulation, risk assessment

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Howard C. Kunreuther is the James G. Dinan Professor; Professor of Decision Sciences and Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School, and co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center.  Professor Kunreuther 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, a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, and recipient of the Elizur Wright Award for the publication that makes the most significant contribution to the literature of insurance.  He served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a Coordinating Lead Author for the chapter on “Integrated Risk and Uncertainty Assessment of Climate Change Response Policies” in the 2014 IPCC report and currently serves on the National Academy of Science/National Research Council’s committees on Analysis of Costs and Benefits of Reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program, and the Roundtable on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events.  His most recent books: are At War with the Weather (with E. Michel-Kerjan, 2011), Insurance and Behavioral Economics: Improving Decisions in the Most Misunderstood Industry (with M. Pauly and S. McMorrow, 2013), and Leadership Dispatches: Chile’s Extraordinary Comeback from Disaster (with M. Useem and E. Michel-Kerjan, 2015). Professor Kunreuther received the 2015 Shin Research Excellence Award from the Geneva Association and the International Insurance Society (IIS) in recognition of his outstanding work on the role of public-private partnerships in mitigating and managing risks.