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Poverty And Natural Disasters — A Qualitative Survey Of The Empirical Literature

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  • AZREEN KARIM

    (School of Economics and Finance, Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

  • ILAN NOY

    (#x2020;EQC-MPI Chair in the Economics of Disasters, School of Economics and Finance, POB 600, Wellington, New Zealand)

Abstract

The last few years have seen an explosion of economic research on the consequences of natural disasters. This new interest is attributable first and foremost to a growing awareness of the potentially catastrophic nature of these events, but also a result of the increasing awareness that natural disasters are social and economic events: their impact is shaped as much by the structure and characteristics of the countries they hit as by their physical characteristics. Here, we survey the literature that examines the direct and indirect impact of natural disaster events specifically on the poor and their impact on the distribution of income within affected communities and societies. We also discuss some of the lacunae in this literature and outline a future agenda of investigation.

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  • Azreen Karim & Ilan Noy, 2016. "Poverty And Natural Disasters — A Qualitative Survey Of The Empirical Literature," The Singapore Economic Review (SER), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 61(01), pages 1-36, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:serxxx:v:61:y:2016:i:01:n:s0217590816400014
    DOI: 10.1142/S0217590816400014
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