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Going back: Radiation and intentions to return amongst households evacuated after the Great Tohoku Earthquake


  • Alistair Munro

    (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)

  • Shunsuke Managi

    (Tohoku University)


Based on a survey conducted with evacuees from the Fukushima radiation-affected region of Japan we examine intentions to return, eventually to the family homes. Many respondents do not intend to return, particularly those with children, but higher income households and those who evacuated to the same town are more likely to go back. Intentions are only weakly responsive to changes in radiation, suggesting that the ongoing policy of active decontamination may have only a limited impact on eventual resettlement.

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  • Alistair Munro & Shunsuke Managi, 2014. "Going back: Radiation and intentions to return amongst households evacuated after the Great Tohoku Earthquake," GRIPS Discussion Papers 14-14, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:ngi:dpaper:14-14

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    1. Craig E. Landry & Okmyung Bin & Paul Hindsley & John C. Whitehead & Kenneth Wilson, 2007. "Going Home: Evacuation-Migration Decisions of Hurrican Katrina Survivors," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 74(2), pages 326-343, October.
    2. Lehmann, Hartmut & Wadsworth, Jonathan, 2011. "The impact of Chernobyl on health and labour market performance," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(5), pages 843-857.
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    1. Yumashev, Dmitry & Johnson, Paul, 2017. "Flexible decision making in the wake of large scale nuclear emergencies: Long-term response," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 261(1), pages 368-389.
    2. Mohammad Sanaei & Shinya Horie & Shunsuke Managi, 2016. "Job Opportunity And Ownership Status: Return Decision After The Great East Japan Earthquake And Tsunami," The Singapore Economic Review (SER), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 61(01), pages 1-16, March.

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