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Natural disaster death and socio-economic factors in selected Asian countries: A panel data analysis

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  • Padli, Jaharudin
  • Habibullah, M.S.

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The purpose of the present study is to investigate the relationship between disaster fatalities with the level of economic development, years of schooling, land area and population for a panel of fifteen Asian countries over the sample period over 1970 to 2005. Our results indicates that the relationship between disaster losses and the level of economic development is nonlinear in nature suggesting that at lower income level, a country is more disaster resilience but at higher income level, an economy become less disaster resistant. Other disaster determinants of interest is the level of education which suggests that educational attainment reduces human fatalities as a result of disaster; larger population will increase death toll and larger land area will reduce disaster fatalities. 1. INTRODUCTION

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 11921.

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Keywords: natural disaster; Asian; Panel data analysis;

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  1. Christian R. Jaramillo H., 2009. "Do Natural Disasters Have Long-term Effects on Growth?," DOCUMENTOS CEDE, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE 006647, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.
  2. van Bergeijk, P.A.G. & Lazzaroni, S., 2013. "Macroeconomics of natural disasters," ISS Working Papers - General Series, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague 50075, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
  3. Lazzaroni, S. & van Bergeijk, P.A.G., 2013. "Natural disasters impact, factors of resilience and development: A meta-analysis of the macroeconomic literature," ISS Working Papers - General Series, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague 554, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.

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