Professional Insight

The CAS Calls for Essays on COVID-19

The CAS wants to learn how P&C actuaries, actuarial science academics, insurance industry professionals and risk managers are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The organization is looking for individuals to prepare short essays addressing a variety of COVID-19-related topics.

Essays should (1) address particular challenge(s) that the P&C insurance industry is facing as a result of the pandemic; (2) identify problem(s) encountered by the profession and the industry; and (3) suggest possible solutions on how the industry may respond to satisfy the insured while maintaining the financial stability and strength of the industry.

Suggested topics include COVID-19’s impact on:

  • Business interruption
  • Commercial and private auto insurance
  • D&O coverage
  • General liability
  • Medical malpractice
  • Reinsurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Data collection
  • Equity markets and interest rates
  • Data visualization used to express quantitative ideas
  • Pricing reflecting extreme events
  • Nonfinancial elements of risk management for insurance companies and other organizations

Completed essays are due by September 3, 2020. Each essay should be no more than three pages (approximately 2,000 words or less). Prizes may be awarded for worthy essays from a prize fund of $4,000. Essays will be published on the CAS website by October 2020, and authors may be invited to present their essay during a concurrent session at the 2021 CAS Spring Meeting.

Reviewers will determine which essays are published, which authors are invited to present their essays and whether any essays will be awarded a prize.

To submit essays, email Karen Sonnet at