Dear Huebner Foundation fellows and friends,
We are closing out a successful summer of programming and looking forward to the beginning of the academic year. At the end of July, we hosted the 5th annual Summer Risk Institute in partnership with Georgia State University's Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR). We were proud to bring in world class academics to teach and network with students and faculty for this event, which was focused on micro insurance. Christopher Udry (Northwestern University), Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale), Karina Whalley (AXA Global Parametrics), and Glenn Harrison (Georgia State University) were this year's featured presenters.
Doctoral Colloquium: Left to Right: Stephen Shore (Georgia State University), Casey Rothschild (Wellesley College), Chenyuan Liu (University of Wisconsin), Ying Peng (Temple University), Lu Li (LMU Munich), Siha Lee (University of Wisconsin), George Zanjani (University of Alabama), Michael Hoy (University of Guelph)
The Huebner Doctoral Colloquium was held in August in conjunction with the ARIA annual meeting in Chicago. The colloquium gives doctoral students the opportunity to present their research in a small group setting. Participating academics include editors of leading journals, prominent researchers, and former Huebner Fellows. Topics of this year’s papers included health insurance plan design, household responses to disability shocks, systemic risk stemming from shadow insurance, and the role of technological uncertainty in affecting risk-reducing behaviors.
The Huebner Board of Trustees, led by chairman Rob Henrikson, had their annual meeting in August and welcomed new board members Michelle Moloney, chief risk officer at Protective Life Corporation, and Stan Talbi, who recently retired as global chief risk officer at MetLife. We're excited to have their knowledge and expertise as we build the Huebner Foundation's strategy for growth and innovation.
Huebner Fellow Alumni:Profile of Anne Kleffner ('86-'90)
As part of our effort to strengthen the Huebner Alumni network, we’re actively reaching out past fellows. Anne Kleffner spoke to use about her experience as a Huebner Fellow from 1986-1990.
Q: What drove your initial interest in RMI? How did you get into this field of research?
I took an insurance class my last semester of undergraduate at Creighton University. I was a finance major and had decided that at some point I wanted to do a PhD in finance. I spoke to my Insurance professor who was a Huebner alum (Barry Schweig). He mentioned to me the opportunity to study RMI at Wharton, and after giving it consideration I realized that studying both RMI and finance at Wharton provided a great opportunity .
Q: How did the Huebner Fellow program help you as a doctoral student?
Having the financial support that allowed me to focus only on my studies was very important. The transition to the doctoral program was challenging, and being part of the Huebner Fellow program provided significant academic support as well. The Huebner Fellow who entered the same year as me (Kim Staking) as well as the Huebner fellows from the previous years were extremely generous in providing assistance and encouragement to be successful.
Q:The Huebner Foundation's mission is to support doctoral work in risk and insurance. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing students in this field right now? What are the biggest opportunities?
The biggest challenges are the relatively small number of academic jobs available. The opportunities include the option to work in related fields, both academic and non-academic. Risk management is essential for all organizations, individuals and levels of governments. I think there are opportunities to create unique positions that allow students with a PhD in RMI to leverage their education in a way that can benefit society.
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The Risk Theory Society (RTS) has announced it's annual call for papers, for the April 5-7, 2019 Annual Seminar at the University of Alabama. Submissions are due December 15, 2018 and more information can be found on their website.
Finally, this fall we'll be working to connect our Huebner community and build a stronger alumni network. If you would like to network with past Huebner fellows, academics and industry professionals interested in supporting doctoral education in risk and insurance management, please connect with us on LinkedIn. We have a foundation page that you can find here. I look forward to networking with more members of the Huebner Foundation community through this channel.
Stephen Shore, Ph.D.
Executive Director, S.S. Huebner Foundation
R. Means Davis Professor of Risk Management and Insurance
Robinson College of Business; Georgia State University