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Where is the money? Post-disaster foreign aid flows

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  • Becerra, Oscar
  • Cavallo, Eduardo
  • Noy, Ilan

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We describe the flows of aid after large catastrophic natural disasters by using the extensive record of bilateral aid flows, by aid sector, available through the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee. For each large donor, we identify the extent of cross-sector re-allocation that is occurring in the aftermath of large disasters whereby humanitarian aid increases but other types of aid may decrease. Our evidence suggests that the expectation of large surges in post disaster aid flows is not warranted given the past diversity of experience of global foreign aid by donor and by event. We find no evidence, however, that donors reallocate aid between recipient countries (cross-recipient reallocation). These observations suggest that countries which are predicted to face increasing losses from natural disasters in the coming decades (and almost all are) should be devoting significant resources for prevention, insurance, and mitigation.

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  • Becerra, Oscar & Cavallo, Eduardo & Noy, Ilan, 2013. "Where is the money? Post-disaster foreign aid flows," Working Paper Series 3047, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Economics and Finance.
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    1. Erik Brynjolfsson & Astrid Dick & Michael Smith, 2010. "A nearly perfect market?," Quantitative Marketing and Economics (QME), Springer, vol. 8(1), pages 1-33, March.
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    1. Ilan Noy & Christopher Edmonds, 2016. "The Economic and Fiscal Burdens of Disasters in the Pacific," CESifo Working Paper Series 6237, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. De Alwis, Diana & Noy, Ilan, 2016. "Sri Lankan households a decade after the Indian Ocean tsunami," Working Paper Series 5281, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Economics and Finance.
    3. Ilan Noy, 2016. "Natural disasters in the Pacific Island Countries: new measurements of impacts," Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, Springer;International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 84(1), pages 7-18, November.

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    Foreign aid; Natural disasters; Official Development Assistance (ODA); Development Assistance Committee (DAC);

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