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3819 Chestnut
Suite 330 St. Leonard's Court
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Area(s): Behavioral Decision Research

Howard Kunreuther, PhD

James G. Dinan Professor Emeritus, Operations and Information Management, Wharton School
Co-Director, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, Wharton School

Howard C. Kunreuther is the James G. Dinan Professor Emeritus, Operations, Information and Decisions (OID) Department at the Wharton School, and co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. He has a long-standing interest in ways that society can better manage low-probability, high-consequence events related to technological and natural hazards. Professor Kunreuther is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis. 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, as summarized in his paper “The Role of Insurance in Reducing Losses from Extreme Events: The Need for Public–Private Partnerships” (Geneva Papers 2015, 40: 714-762).  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.  His recent books include The Future of Risk Management (with R. Meyer and E. O, Michel-Kerjan), “Managing Catastrophic Risk: How Companies are Coping with Disruption” (with M. Useem),  “The Ostrich Paradox: Why We Underprepare for Disasters” (with R. Meyer), “Insurance and Behavioral Economics: Improving Decisions in the Most Misunderstood Industry” (with M. Pauly and S. McMorrow) and At War with the Weather (with E. O. Michel-Kerjan).