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An empirical analysis of hurricane evacuation expenditures


  • Pallab Mozumder
  • William Vásquez


Very little is known about evacuation expenditures at the household level even though improved understanding of those expenditures can provide inputs for designing more effective evacuation programs and planning. We conducted a household survey in Harris and Galveston counties in Texas after being hit by hurricane Ike (one of the costliest hurricanes that have impacted the USA) to investigate the determinants of evacuation expenditures. Results suggest that household income, hurricane risks and household size are significant determinants of household evacuation expenditures. Our empirical analyses indicate that an average household would spend approximately $194 if a voluntary evacuation order is received and more than $300 if a mandatory evacuation order is received. These estimates may provide inputs for future hurricane evacuation planning. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

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  • Pallab Mozumder & William Vásquez, 2015. "An empirical analysis of hurricane evacuation expenditures," Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, Springer;International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 79(1), pages 81-92, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:nathaz:v:79:y:2015:i:1:p:81-92
    DOI: 10.1007/s11069-015-1828-1

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