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  • Francesco Porcelli


    (University of Exeter, Business School)

  • Riccardo Trezzi


    (University of Cambridge, Faculty of Economics)

During a natural disaster, the negative supply shock due to the destruction of productive capacity is counteracted by a positive demand shock due to public grants for assistance and reconstruction, positing an identification issue in empirical work. Focusing on the 2009 ’Aquilano’ earthquake in Italy as a case study, we take advantage of quantified measure of damages for 75,424 buildings to estimate the negative supply shock and of a law issued to allocate reconstruction grants, which resulted in a sharp, exogenous discontinuity in transfers and output behavior across neighboring municipalities to estimate the positive demand shock. Diff-in-diff analysis suggests that local output multipliers of reconstruction grants (net of marginal tax rebates) are below unity. Yet the size of the grants act as a public insurance scheme, preventing a fall in output.

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Paper provided by Centre for Macroeconomics (CFM) in its series Discussion Papers with number 1418.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2014
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Handle: RePEc:cfm:wpaper:1418
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