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Institution and decomposition of natural-disaster impact on growth

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  • Yamamura, Eiji

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We investigated whether natural disasters enhance efficiency improvement, capital accumulation, and technological progress. Furthermore, we examined whether the influence of natural disasters depends on the legal origin. By using long-term panel data, this paper decomposes productivity growth measured by the growth of output per labor unit into three components: efficiency improvement, capital accumulation, and technological progress. After controlling for countries’ specific unobservable characteristics and year-specific effects, we found that the impacts of natural disasters vary according to specifications. Natural disasters enhance capital accumulation and technological progress in non-French-civil-law countries, but have no effect in these areas in French-civil-law countries.

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  • Yamamura, Eiji, 2011. "Institution and decomposition of natural-disaster impact on growth," MPRA Paper 35537, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Institution; DEA; Natural disaster;

    JEL classification:

    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • B15 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary

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