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Social Capital and Disaster Recovery: Evidence from Sichuan Earthquake in 2008

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  • Tse, Chun Wing
  • Wei, Jianwen
  • Wang, Yihan

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Social capital helps reduce adverse shocks by facilitating access to transfers. This study examines how various measures of social capital are associated with disaster recovery from 2008 Sichuan earthquake. We find that households having a larger Spring Festival network in 2008 do better in housing reconstruction. A larger network significantly increases the amount of government aid received for housing reconstruction. With regards to how Spring Festival network channels more government aid to the household, the results show that a larger network increases the number of people showing up to offer monetary and material support, which is linked to more government aid received. This suggests that Spring Festival network members assist the quake-affected households to apply for and obtain government aid. As for other measures of social capital, connections with government officials and communist party membership do not significantly contribute to disaster recovery. Human capital, measured by the years of schooling of household head, is also not positively correlated with housing reconstruction.

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  • Tse, Chun Wing & Wei, Jianwen & Wang, Yihan, 2014. "Social Capital and Disaster Recovery: Evidence from Sichuan Earthquake in 2008," 2015 Annual Meeting, January 31-February 3, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia 195653, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:saea15:195653
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.195653
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    1. Rabiul Islam & Greg Walkerden & Marco Amati, 2017. "Households’ experience of local government during recovery from cyclones in coastal Bangladesh: resilience, equity, and corruption," 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. 85(1), pages 361-378, January.
    2. Qian Weng & Haoran He, 2018. "Geographic Distance, Income And Charitable Giving: Evidence From China," The Singapore Economic Review (SER), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 64(05), pages 1145-1169, May.

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