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Mortality, The Family and The Indian Ocean Tsunami

  • Elizabeth Frankenberg
  • Thomas Gillespie
  • Samuel Preston
  • Bondan Sikoki
  • Duncan Thomas

Over 160,000 people died in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The correlates of survival are examined using data from the Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery (STAR), a population-representative survey collected in Aceh and North Sumatra, Indonesia, before and after the tsunami. Children, older adults and females were the least likely to survive. Whereas socio-economic factors mattered relatively little, the evidence is consistent with physical strength playing a role. Pre-tsunami household composition is predictive of survival and suggests that stronger members sought to help weaker members: men helped their wives, parents and children, while women helped their children. URL:[http://ipl.econ.duke.edu/bread/papers/working/311.pdf].

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Volume (Year): 121 (2011)
Issue (Month): 554 (08)
Pages: F162-F182

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:121:y:2011:i:554:p:f162-f182
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