I study how insurance alters the behavior of individuals, firms, and governments. I’m particularly interested in understanding how insurance and social safety nets can be used to improve welfare.
Journal Articles and other Publications
A. del Valle, T. Scharlemann & S. Shore (forthcoming), Household Financial Decision-Making After Natural Disasters: Evidence from Hurricane Harvey, Journal of Finance and Quantitative Analysis.
An earlier version of this paper has been circulated under the title: Household Financial Behavior After Hurricane Harvey
A. Del Valle, M. Browne, E. Jimenez, C. Turvey (2022) Introduction to the Special issue of Risk Considerations and Insurance in Developing Countries, Geneva Risk and Insurance Review.
A. Del Valle (2021) The Effects of Public Health Insurance in Labor Markets with Informal Jobs: Evidence from Mexico, Journal of Health Economics, 77 (C) 102454.
An earlier version of this paper has been circulated under the title: From caring to work: the labor market effects of noncontributory health insurance.
Awards: Third Prize Inter-American Development Bank Research in Social Security Award
Media coverage: VoxEU and World Economic Forum
A. Del Valle, A. De Janvry & E. Sadoulet (2020) Rules for Recovery: Impact of Indexed Disaster Funds on Shock Coping in Mexico, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 12 (4) 164-95.
An earlier version of this paper has been circulated under the title: Insuring Growth: The Impact of Disaster Funds on Economic Reconstruction in Mexico, Joint with Alain de Janvry and Elisabeth Sadoulet, World Bank Policy Research working paper 7714
Media coverage: World Bank Development Impact Blog, Global Index Insurance Forum, COP 21 (Ferdi), COP 21 (Berkeley), and VoxDevTalks (podcast)
A. Del Valle, M. Eriksson, O. A. Ishizawa & J. J. Miranda (2020) Mangroves Protect Coastal Economic Activity from Hurricanes, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
An earlier version of this paper has been circulated under the title: Mangroves for Coastal Protection: Evidence from Hurricanes in Central America, World Bank Policy Research working paper 8795
Media coverage: CNN, Grist, The Science Breaker
A. Del Valle, R. Elliot, E. Strobl & M. Tong (2018). The Short-Term Economic Impact of Tropical Cyclones: Satellite Evidence from Guangdong Province, Economics of Disasters and Climate Change, 2 (3) 225-235.
New: A. del Valle (2022), Saving Lives with Indexed Disaster Funds: Evidence from Mexico
An earlier version of this paper has been circulated under the title: Saving Lives with Pre-Financed Rules-Based Disaster Aid: Evidence from Mexico, medRxiv
Media coverage: VoxDev
Empirical Methods in Risk and Insurance – RMI 9020
Predictive Risk Modeling – RMI 4990
Managerial Economics – MBA 8000
The Economics of Social Insurance – RMI 4530 and MGS 4385
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