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Actuarial history research support

Secondary resources relating to the historical origins and development of early actuarial science are available for those considering new research in this field or related areas

Significant recent works on actuarial and related financial and insurance history are available from the library include:
(Title links below lead to IFoA Library catalogue where members can 'Request' to borrow the book)

Actuary members and others have long contributed to the historical literature in articles for Journal of the Institute of Actuaries, Transactions of the Faculty of Actuaries, The Actuary magazine and its forerunner Fiasco. See Selected Books and Papers on Actuarial History and Pioneers for more information.
Topics for historical research 

European Sources for Research of Actuarial History and the Scope for Translation (seminar paper, by Trevor Sibbett FIA, June 2007) suggests topics to explore the European heritage for actuarial investigation. Possible new themes to examine include:

  • early forms of pensions and life annuities
  • instruments of state debt financing at interest
  • demographic insights and the development of mortality tables and survival projections from the seventeenth century
  • the progress of life assurance and other provident funding as they became established on actuarial lines from the late eighteenth century
  • early forms of non-life insurances.

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We try to respond to email queries within one working day. Researcher access to historical resources may require notice in advance of visit in order to retrieve items from storage.

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