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WEHC, 'Insurance in History' session

Pre-conference at Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue, Zürich-Rüschlikon, Tuesday 9 June 2009

Draft programme

8.45

Introduction and welcome

9.00-12.00 Session 1 - Technologies and Organisation

Six presentations of 15 minutes each.

9.00 

Paola Avallone and Maria Sirago (Italy)

"The risk of the sea: maritime insurance in southern Italy from the 17th to the 19th Centuries."

9.15

Jeronia Pons Pons (Spain)

"The difficulties of Spanish insurance companies to   modernise during the Franco years. The mechanisation of administrative tasks and the introduction of the first computers (1950-1970)."

9.30

Ben Gales (Netherlands)

"Animal or human spirits? Entrepreneurial decency in mass insurance markets"

9.45

Christofer Stadlin (Switzerland)

"Why are there so many mathematicians in the insurance business today?"

10.00

Liselotte Eriksson (Sweden)

"The Industrial Life Insurance and Burial Costs in the United States and Sweden, 1875-1914."

 10.15  Jorge Zappino  

"The state and the reinsurance business in Argentina: the experience of the Mixed Institute of Reinsurance of Argentina (IMAR), 1946-52"

10.30-11.00

Coffee

11.00-12.00

Commentary and Discussion.

12.00-14.00 

Lunch

14.00-17.00 Session 2 - Regulation, National Markets and Insurance across  Borders

Six presentations of 15 minutes each.

14.00

Adrian Jitschin (Germany)

"From economic to political reality - forming a national Indian insurance market."

14.15

Mikael Lonnborg and Peter Hedberg (Sweden)

"Regulatory Regimes, the making of the Swedish Financial Model and its Impact on the Insurance Industry, 1920-1960."

14.30

Welf Werner (Germany)      

"Multilateral Insurance Liberalization, 1948-2008."

14.45

Christopher Kobrak (France) and Leigh Johnson (USA)

"Innovating Insurance: Captives and Exotic Insurance."

15.00

Matthieu Leimgruber (Switzerland)

"Commercial insurers as transnational actors in social policy development."

15.15

Martin Lengwiler (Switzerland)

"Competing Globalizations - Controversies Between Private and Social    Insurance at International Organisations (1900-1960)."

15.30-16.00

Coffee

 

16.00-17.00

Commentary and Discussion

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