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The Impact of Natural Disasters on Human Development and Poverty at the Municipal Level in Mexico

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  • Eduardo Rodrigues-Oreggia

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This paper seeks to analyze the impact of natural hazards on human development and poverty at the municipal level in Mexico. We control for a set of geographical and natural location characteristics which make municipalities more prone to the occurrence of these events. We also employ a set of institutional, economic and demographic characteristics to control for baseline heterogeneity. Using an adjusted difference-in-difference regression with data for 2000 and 2005, results show a significant decrease of social indicators for general events, and especially for flood and droughts.

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  • Eduardo Rodrigues-Oreggia, 2010. "The Impact of Natural Disasters on Human Development and Poverty at the Municipal Level in Mexico," CID Working Papers 43, Center for International Development at Harvard University.
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    Keywords

    natural disasters; impact; poverty; human development; geography;

    JEL classification:

    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming

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