I know that we professors have tons of vacation time and hardly see any students, so in between golf, long lunches at the faculty club where we chat incessantly about our golf scores and our next BMW, and posting on our blogs we actually have little to do…..
I have been creating a dataset on insurers entry and exit from cat markets for a paper we are presenting at the NBER Insurance Project next month. We need to have the paper done by Friday so that’s what I have been doing in all my free time.
However there are two items to note. The first is that according to one of my former Ph.D students I was on C-Span II last weekend discussing a book by UCONN’s Tom Baker on the Malpractice Crisis at the AEI last month. However, I can not find it on the public schedule. I must have been a super secret showing. So if you just have to see it now … you can watch it at the AEI’s site in streaming video.
Second, there is a new blog called TortsProf (part of the LawProf network) edited by William Childs at Western New England School of Law. He has postings on potential Katrina juries as well even more on that ubiquitous shrimp case.
Ray Lehmann has a new blog. He is a journalist for a relatively large and well known insurance media firm. Here’s his take on the Berkshire Hathaway purchase of GE’s med mal business, “If its Good Enough for Warren, it’s good enough for me.” Which is my take too — although more
betterly gooderly written.
Angie Carlson has a new blog called Insurance Blog (a name that will be hard to forget!) and has a recent post on a a potential California initiative to make liability insurance for animal sanctuaries mandatory. Nice chimp pic.
ContractsProf (a member of the law professors blog network and thus not affiliated with RiskProf) is a new entrant into the academic blogging arena by Frank Synder and Carol Chomsky. One might not think of contracts as interesting (that is why you are reading an insurance blog), but there are some great squibs here. I especially like the one about the Biosphere which a building consultant called a "herd of white elephants." The Contractprofs even talk about risk management and film, but luckily for the viewing public these sets don't seem to overlap.