Victim Compensation Programs

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    Emerging Trends in Compensation for Widespread Losses

    These conference proceedings explore emerging trends in compensation for widespread loss events, including regulators' changing roles, the impact of liens, and claim aggregation.

    Dec 4, 2017

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    Assigning Responsibility Following a Catastrophe: Alternatives to Relying Solely on Traditional Civil Litigation

    This report reviews various alternatives to relying exclusively on traditional civil litigation to assign responsibility for the human causes of a catastrophe and to determine the types of losses that a designated responsible party must reimburse.

    Nov 28, 2017

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    Designing Compensation Funds After Disasters

    Man-made and natural disasters in the United States can cause personal injury and property damage to dozens, and sometimes even thousands, of people. Sometimes victim compensation programs are created afterwards. Program designers must consider fairness to victims, timely compensation, and low transaction costs.

    Jul 6, 2016

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    Journal Article

    Victim Compensation Funds and Tort Litigation Following Incidents of Mass Violence

    Explores the issue of how victim compensation funds (VCFs) impact a victim's likelihood to sue using the tort system. VCFs have become a feature of the policy landscape following high-profile tragedies.

    Jan 15, 2016

  • Rob Cox and Kenneth Feinberg at RAND's Politics Aside 2014


    In the Wake of Disaster: Practical and Philosophical Challenges of Victim Compensation

    When tragedy strikes, Kenneth Feinberg is often the person companies and governments turn to for help to determine appropriate monetary compensation. At RAND's Politics Aside event last week, he shared some of his thoughts on what goes into making those decisions, and why it's so important to meet with victims.

    Nov 20, 2014

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    Compensation for Losses from the 9/11 Attacks

    To understand how the losses created by 9/11 differ from those following natural disasters and other catastrophic events, researchers examined the benefits going to those who were killed or seriously injured in the 9/11 attacks and benefits to individuals and businesses in New York City that suffered losses from the attack on the World Trade Center.

    Nov 2, 2004