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Determinants of Government Aid to Katrina Survivors: Evidence from Survey Data

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  • William F. Chappell


    (Department of Economics, University of Mississippi)

  • Richard G. Forgette


    (Department of Political Science, University of Mississippi)

  • David A. Swanson


    (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Mississippi)

  • Mark V. Van Boening


    (Department of Economics, University of Mississippi)

We analyze survey data from Mississippi coastal communities where Katrina made its final landfall. Logistic regressions indicate that government aid is helpful in dealing with one- to two-month economic disruption and long-term rebuilding but is less helpful with regard to short-term rebuilding and mitigating longer-term disruption. Our analysis (including a basic risk assessment) finds evidence that individuals receiving government aid and/or having a disability predisaster are likely to incur severe economic hardship postdisaster and that individuals with greater predisaster economic and/or social network capital seem to be less at risk. Our results underscore the importance of housing in the resumption of basic economic activity.

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Article provided by Southern Economic Association in its journal Southern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 74 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (October)
Pages: 344-362

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Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:74:1:y:2007:p:344-362
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