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Georges Dionne receives three honours at the World Risk and Insurance Economics Congress

August 21, 2015

Full Professor Georges Dionne picked up no fewer than three distinctions at the World Risk and Insurance Economics Congress! The event brings together North American, European and Asian researchers specializing in risk management and insurance. This year it was held in Munich, and attended by over 400 participants.

Professor Dionne first of all won the Kulp-Wright Book Award from the American Risk and Insurance Association for Handbook of Insurance, published in 2013. This annual award recognizes a publication considered to have made an outstanding original contribution to the literature of risk management and insurance.

For “Economic Effects of Risk Classification Bans,” co-authored with Casey Rothschild, Professor Dionne received the 2014 Best Paper Award from The Geneva Risk and Insurance Review. The paper was also selected for inclusion in a collection of 10 articles previously published in the Review, to mark its 40th anniversary. It analyzes the effects of regulatory constraints on the use of certain risk classification criteria that reduce problems of asymmetric information between insurers and the insured. This topic has given rise to much debate between EU countries and its leaders, who are tending to eliminate insurance pricing traditions deemed effective by insurers.

Georges Dionne is a Professor of Finance, and has held the Canada Research Chair in Risk Management at HEC Montréal since 1996. He has published over 170 papers in scientific journals and edited 5 books. He has also supervised more than 80 master’s students and 30 PhD students, including 17 at HEC Montréal and 5 in France. This summer, he helped organize the 11th World Congress of the Econometric Society, which drew upwards of 1,600 participants from around the globe to the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

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