Wouter Botzen

Wouter Botzen is a Professor of Economics of Climate Change and Natural Disasters at the Department of Environmental Economics at VU University Amsterdam. He is Deputy Head of the Department of Environmental Economics. He is also a Professor of Economics of Global Environmental Change at the Utrecht University School of Economics, Utrecht University. He is a visiting scholar at the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Wouter has obtained his PhD degree in economics (cum laude) in 2010 for his thesis on the economics of insurance against climate change. His thesis won the Junior Societal Impact Award of the VU University and was published in revised form by Cambridge University Press.

His main research interests are climate change economics with a particular focus on risk, natural disaster insurance, behavioral economics of decision making under risk, and natural disaster risk assessment and management. He has published more than 60 articles in international scientific journals on these themes. His publications span top economic journals and multi-disciplinary journals.

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