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Effect of major disasters on geographical mobility intentions: the case of the Fukushima nuclear accident

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  • Eiji Yamamura
  • Yoshiro Tsutsui
  • Chisako Yamane
  • Shoko Yamane

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This paper uses panel data from Japan to explore how the Great East Japan Earthquake influenced the intention to leave one's place of residence by comparing the same individuals' responses before and after the earthquake. Controlling for unobserved individual fixed effects and various individual characteristics, we found that (1) people were more willing to leave their place of residence after the disaster when they lived nearer to Fukushima, (2) the effect of the disaster on intention to leave was reinforced when respondents had a small child, and (3) after dividing sample by gender, such tendencies were observed among women but not among men. From the last finding, we conclude that differences between men and women in perceived risk lead to differences in mobility intentions.

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  • Eiji Yamamura & Yoshiro Tsutsui & Chisako Yamane & Shoko Yamane, 2014. "Effect of major disasters on geographical mobility intentions: the case of the Fukushima nuclear accident," ISER Discussion Paper 0903, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
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    1. Yamamura, Eiji, 2016. "Impact of the Fukushima nuclear accident on obesity of children in Japan (2008–2014)," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 21(C), pages 110-121.
    2. Cheng, John W. & Mitomo, Hitoshi & Otsuka, Tokio & Jeon, Stefan Y., 2015. "Media’s Effects on People’s Perceptions and Intentions in Post-Disaster Recovery – a Case Study of the Great East Japan Earthquake," 26th European Regional ITS Conference, Madrid 2015 127133, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
    3. Yamamura, Eiji, 2015. "Impact of the Fukushima nuclear accident on obesity of children in Japan, using data from 2008 to 2014," MPRA Paper 67076, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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