Spencer L. Kimball Writing Award

Spencer Le Van Kimball was a world-renowned scholar on insurance law and regulation, who was deeply admired for his integrity, keen insight and zeal for "getting it right." Much of his work in insurance law remains a model for insurance codes today, most notably in the areas of guaranty funds and insurance liquidations.

As an active member of the JIR Board of Directors for nearly 15 years, Kimball played a key role in helping improve the quality and quantity of research on insurance regulatory issues. In 1996, the JIR Article Award was renamed the Spencer L. Kimball Writing Award in honor of Kimball's many contributions to the pages of the JIR and to its various committees.

The Spencer L. Kimball Writing Award acknowledges and encourages outstanding contributions to the Journal of Insurance Regulation. One article is chosen each year for this prestigious $2,000 award.


Year Awarded Author(s) Article Publication Date
2017 Charles C. Yang
Hong-Jen Lin
The (Mis) alignment of Health Insurers' Efficiency Measures from Different Perspectives and Their (Un)linkage with Financial Ratios and Asset Allocation 2017 (Vol. 36, No. 8)


2015 Jing Ai
Patrick L. Brockett
Linda L. Golden
Utai Pitaktong
How to set Rates if you must: An Efficiency-Based Methodology for Setting Promulgated Insurance Rates with an Application to Title Insurance 2015 (Vol. 34, No. 7)
2014 Martin Eling Basis Risk, Procyclicality, and Systemic Risk in the Solvency II Equity Risk Module 2014 (Vol. 33, No. 1)
David Pankoke
2013 Robert W. Klein The Effects of Regulatory Reforms in the South Carolina Auto Insurance Market 2013 (Vol. 32, No. 1)
Martin F. Grace
Sharon Tennyson
2012 Robert E. Hoyt Robert E. Hoyt, Andre P. Liebenberg, L. Lee Colquitt, Stephen G. Fier 2012 (Vol. 31, No. 7)
Andre P. Liebenberg
L. Lee Colquitt
Stephen G. Fier
2011 Dwight Jaffee Long-Term Property Insurance 2010
(Vol. 29, No. 7)
Howard Kunreuther
Erwann Michel-Kerjan
2010 Beck A. Taylor Estimating the Impact of State Health Insurance Mandates on Premium Costs in the Individual Market Spring 2009
(Vol. 27, No. 3)
Tracey A. LaPierre
James W. Henderson
Christopher J. Conover
J. Allen Seward
2009 Martin Eling An Overview and Comparison of Risk-Based Capital Standards Summer 2008 
(Vol. 26, No. 4)
Ines Holzmuller
2008 Robert Puelz Lessons from the Texas Homeowners Insurance Crisis Spring 2007
(Vo. 25, No. 3)
2007 George Galster Do Home Insurance Base Premium-Setting Policies Create Disparate Racial Impacts? The Case of Large Insurance Companies in Ohio Summer 2006
(Vol. 24, No. 4)
2006 Howard Kunreuther Terrorism Losses and All Perils Insurance Summer 2005
(Vol. 23, No. 4)
Mark V. Pauly
2005 Robert W. Cooper Responding to Alleged Fraud in Certain Broker Compensation Arrangements: The Need for a More Transparent Crisis Management Process for Regulators – Part 1 Winter 2004
(Vol. 23, No. 2)
2004 N/A    
2003 N/A    
2002 N/A    
2001 Craig Richardson Agents' Behavior Under Health Insurance Market Reforms

Spring 2000
(Vol. 18, No. 3)

Mark A. Hall
2000 William M. Sneed The McCarran-Ferguson Act and Insurance Insolvency: Judicial Developments Since United States Dep't of Treasury v. Fabe Summer 1999
(Vol. 17, No. 4)
1999 Patrick P. Fee Identifying Troubled Insurers: An Analysis of the NAIC FAST System

Spring 1998
(Vol. 16, No. 3)

Robert W. Klein
Martin Grace
Scott E. Harrington
1998 Rade T. Musulin Issues in Regulatory Acceptance of Computer Modeling for Property Insurance Ratemaking Spring 1997
(Vol. 15, No. 3)
1997 William T. Moore Demutualization in the Property-Liability Insurance Industry Spring 1996 
(Vol. 14, No. 3)
Julie A.B. Cagle
Robert L. Lippert
Kenneth W. Faig, Jr. Diversity of State Valuation Laws and Regulations: Opportunity or Curse? Winter 1996
(Vol. 15 No. 2)
1996 Robert W. Klein Solvency Monitoring in the Twenty-First Century Spring 1995 
(Vol. 13, No. 3)
Michael M. Barth
Robert Hoyt The Effectiveness of Catastrophe Futures as a Hedging Mechanism for Insurers: An Empirical and Regulatory Analysis Fall 1995
(Vol. 14, No. 1)
Reesa Williams