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Andrew Cairns

Professor of Financial Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland

Andrew Cairns is professor of financial mathematics at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He is a fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries and an active member of the UK and international actuarial profession. He is editor-in-chief of ASTIN Bulletin, the journal of the International Actuarial Association. His research interests concern the risk management of long-term life insurance and pension risks, most recently focusing on the modeling, measurement, and management of longevity risk.

Articles by this Author

  • Should Governments Step In and Start Issuing Longevity Bonds?
    by David Blake, Tom Boardman, Andrew Cairns
    Insurance companies and defined-benefit plans face the risk that retirees might live longer than expected. This risk might adversely affect both the willingness and ability of financial institutions to supply retired households with financial products to manage their wealth decumulation (the conversion of a person’s accumulated pension assets into pension income). Longevity bonds are instruments that would allow financial institutions to hedge...

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