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Returning to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

  • Christina Paxson
  • Cecilia Elena Rouse

We examine the determinants of returning to New Orleans within 18 months of Hurricane Katrina. Our theoretical framework predicts the probability of returning is positively associated with less hurricane damage and greater pre-hurricane levels of location-specific capital. We test these implications using data from a study of low-income parents—mainly African American women. We find that flood exposure is the most important factor in determining the decision to return. Among those who did not experience flooding, those who did not own homes or lived in the homes of relatives or friends were less likely to return.

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Volume (Year): 98 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 38-42

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:98:y:2008:i:2:p:38-42
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