Natural Disaster Impacts and Fiscal Decentralization
AbstractIn recent years, many developing countries have sought to implement more decentralized governmental systems. Despite efforts toward fiscal federalism, assessment of decentralization activity has been hampered by lack of consistent cross-country measures of effectiveness. Since governments play a central role in the management of catastrophic events, disaster impact data provide an opportunity to evaluate whether government structure is important in limiting disaster losses. We use cross-country data over the 1970–2005 period to estimate the relationship between decentralization and disaster casualties; countries with more decentralized governments experience fewer disaster-induced fatalities.
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- Hideki Toya & Mark Skidmore, 2010. "Natural Disaster Impacts and Fiscal Decentralization," CESifo Forum, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 11(2), pages 43-55, 07.
- H73 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects
- Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters
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