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Call for Papers

The Journal of Risk and Insurance promotes the following calls for papers:

  • Special issue on Climate Change and Natural Disasters
  • Special issue on Health Insurer Decision-Making
  • Special Issue on the Implications of COVID-19 for the Insurance Industry (CLOSED)


Special Issue on Climate Change and Natural Disasters

Topics of interest are broad and could include, for example, the ways that insurers respond to climate change, how climate change affects insurers, how consumers respond to climate change (e.g., resilience), economic recovery after extreme events, the impact of increasing losses from secondary perils (perils that happen more frequently relative to mega-events such as earthquakes and hurricanes — hail, drought, wildfire, snow, flash floods, and landslides), and individual decision making for low probability high severity events.

For consideration in the special issue, papers should be submitted to the JRI via our standard submission portal ScholarOne by September 1, 2022.


Special Issue on Health Insurer Decision-Making

The Journal of Risk and Insurance (JRI) invites paper submissions for a planned special issue (or partial issue) on the topic of health insurer decision-making. While many studies analyze health insurance markets with a focus on decisions by individuals, health care providers and policy-makers, this special issue will support the burgeoning literature investigating health insurer decision-making.


Topics of interest are broad and could include, for example, the ways that insurers respond to regulation, trends in the prevalence and nature of provider-sponsored health plans, decisions about horizontal mergers among insurers, insurer decisions about plan or network designs, and the operation of self-insured vs. fully insured health insurance plans. We are open to research on a range of health insurance markets and expressly encourage international comparisons and perspectives.


A special editorial team, consisting of Jean Abraham (University of Minnesota), Hanming Fang (University of Pennsylvania), Amanda Starc (Northwestern University), Justin Sydnor (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and Nicolas Ziebarth (Cornell University) will handle the papers for this submission. Papers will undergo the JRI’s standard peer-review process and the standards for acceptance will be the same as for other papers in the journal. Papers should be of general interest to the readership of the JRI, which is the leading journal specializing in risk management and insurance. The JRI is receptive to a range of methodological approaches, provided that they are appropriate for the research questions and analysis being undertaken. In particular, we are open to papers that are largely descriptive in nature but stress that these papers need to make a substantive contribution to our general understanding of the functioning of health insurance markets.


For consideration in the special issue, papers should be submitted to the JRI via our standard submission portal ScholarOne and the deadline has been extended to October 15, 2021. Please note in your cover letter for the submission that you would like to have the paper considered for this special issue. There is no specific page limit or formatting requirement for submissions for the special issue, but we do encourage shorter papers in the style of American Economic Review Insights when possible.


Special Issue on the Implications of COVID-19 for the Insurance Industry

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic affects virtually every aspect of daily life, business, and society. This is particularly true for the insurance industry, where the disease itself, the collateral impact, and the uncertainties associated with a post-COVID world pose major challenges. As the premier journal for insurance-related research, the Journal of Risk and Insurance (JRI) invites submissions related to the implications of COVID-19 for the insurance industry.


We invite submission of research papers that connect to coronavirus and the insurance industry. We particularly encourage research that informs decisions related to the business of insurance and public policy choices in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, including perspectives on the economic impact for the insurance industry going forward.

Topics of particular interest include but are not limited to:

  • The implications of COVID-19 for different lines of insurance, including the life, personal, and commercial sectors (e.g., business interruption insurance).
  • The implications of COVID-19 for health insurance systems, both in view of public policy and the industrial organization of the system.
  • Studies comparing other major catastrophic events, including other pandemic outbreaks, to the current situation, particularly with the objective to improve short-term decision making.
  • Analyses of manifestations of and potential approaches to address the increase in global uncertainty.
  • Potential lessons from the sudden and deep economic impact of COVID-19, with regards to the insurance industry and corporate risk management more broadly.

We welcome submissions of both theoretical and empirical manuscripts.


Manuscripts submitted will be evaluated with similar expectations of rigor and carefulness as other JRI submissions, although given the pressing nature of the call for papers and rapid associated changes, we aim for an expedited review process. Papers will be evaluated as they are submitted, and accepted papers will be published in early view on the JRI website. The finalized special issue will be published immediately after all papers have been finalized, prospectively in early 2021.

For authors seeking early feedback about potential research ideas or proposals, we established an optional pre-review process, where senior members of the JRI editorial team agree to provide ad-hoc reviews. If you are interested in taking advantage of this process, please send your proposal or early draft no later than September 15 to indicating “COVID-19 pre-review request” in the subject line. As with submissions, the proposal will be routed to an appropriate member of the panel.


Authors should submit their manuscripts via ScholarOne and indicate that they wish to have the paper considered for the COVID-19 special issue. To be considered for the special issue, manuscripts must be received by December 1, 2020.