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The Political, Economic, and Social Aspects of Katrina


  • Peter Boettke

    () (Department of Economics, George Mason University)

  • Emily Chamlee-Wright

    (Department of Economics, Beliot College)

  • Peter Gordon

    (School of Public Policy, Planning, and Development, University of Southern California)

  • Sanford Ikeda

    (Department of Economics, Purchase College, State University of New York)

  • Peter T. Leeson

    (Department of Economics, West Virginia University)

  • Russell Sobel

    (Department of Economics, West Virginia University)


In this paper, we examine the resiliency of community recovery after a natural disaster. We argue that a resilient recovery requires robust economic/financial institutions, political/legal institutions, and social/cultural institutions. We explore how politically and privately created disaster preconditions and responses have contributed to or undermined institutional robustness in the context of the Gulf Coast's recovery after Hurricane Katrina. We find that where postdisaster resiliency has been observed, private-sector responses contributing to the health of these institutional arenas are largely responsible. Where postdisaster fragility and slowness has been observed, public-sector responses contributing to the frailty of these institutional arenas are largely the cause. In other words, we engage in a comparative institutional analysis of civil society, entrepreneurial commercial society, and government agencies and political actors in the wake of a natural disaster.

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  • Peter Boettke & Emily Chamlee-Wright & Peter Gordon & Sanford Ikeda & Peter T. Leeson & Russell Sobel, 2007. "The Political, Economic, and Social Aspects of Katrina," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 74(2), pages 363-376, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:74:1:y:2007:p:363-376

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    JEL classification:

    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism
    • P17 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Performance and Prospects
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government


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