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Call for Papers

The Journal of Risk and Insurance promotes three calls for papers:

  • Special issue on Health Insurer Decision-Making
  • Special Issue on the Implications of COVID-19 for the Insurance Industry (CLOSED)
  • Symposium on Insure-Tech, Digitalization, and Big-Data Techniques in Risk Management and Insurance (CLOSED)

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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.

PAPER SUBMISSION TOPICS

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.

SPECIAL EDITORIAL TEAM

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.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

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

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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.

PAPER SUBMISSION TOPICS

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.

REVIEW PROCESS

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 jri@wsb.wisc.edu 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.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

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.

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Symposium on Insure-Tech, Digitalization, and Big-Data Techniques in Risk Management and Insurance

PAPER SUBMISSION TOPICS

We invite submission of research papers related to advances in Insure-Tech, Digitalization, and Big-Data Techniques in Risk Management and Insurance. The rapid growth in data and advances in computing are transforming risk management and insurance. Modern predictive techniques, including the rise of machine learning, are expanding and changing the ability to classify risk, while also raising new regulatory and ethical issues. New technologies are also enabling new methods of transferring risk, underwriting, and claims handling, changing and sometimes challenging the nature of traditional insurance products and practices.
We encourage research that focuses on the relevance and impact of these trends on risk-management and insurance activities. Topics of particular interest include but are not limited to:

• Regulatory implications of these new techniques
• The viability and welfare implications of alternative insurance and risk management techniques enabled by technology
• The distributional impacts of increased risk segmentation and individualized product offerings
• The extent of market power and influence for first movers in these areas
• The relevance of structural models and economic theory in an era of machine learning

REVIEW PROCESS

Manuscripts submitted under this call for papers will be evaluated in the same manner as all other manuscripts, with expectations for the same level of rigor and carefulness in methods and exposition. Senior Editors and the Editor-in-Chief will work in coordination for a symposium of papers that are reinforcing and offer a unified theme.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

We welcome submissions of theoretical and empirical manuscripts. Authors should submit their manuscripts via ScholarOne and indicate that they wish to have the paper considered for the symposium on Insure-Tech, Digitalization, and Big Data Techniques. To be considered for the special symposium, manuscripts must be received by September 15, 2020.