New Ideas in Insurance
In spring 2022, the Insurance Law Center at the UConn School of Law offers a second semester-long series of talks covering new ideas in insurance. Insurance shapes—often decisively—many aspects of our lives, from limiting police misconduct to incentivizing better driving, from regulating self-driving cars to influencing the delivery and pricing of health care. Some of the world’s leading experts from the Academy, the bar and the world of insurance regulators will speak about current developments in their fields and speculate about what the future will look like. These fascinating and important conversations are being recorded and will be available to the public. Videos from the first series, recorded in 2021, are being made available below.
How Insurance Shaped the American Founding
January 20, 2022, 4 -5 p.m. ET
Hannah Farber, Columbia University
American maritime insurers used their position at the pinnacle of global trade to shape the new nation. The international information they gathered and the capital they generated enabled them to play central roles in state building and economic development. During the Revolution, they helped the U.S. negotiate foreign loans, sell state debts, and establish a single national bank. Afterward, they increased their influence by lending money to the federal government and to its citizens. By the early nineteenth century, insurers were no longer just risk assessors. Prof. Farber’s new book Underwriters of the United States reveals insurers as nation builders and market makers.
(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm