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Poverty and natural disasters: A meta-analysis

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dc.contributor.author Karim, Azreen
dc.contributor.author Noy, Ilan
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-26T00:12:51Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-06T22:21:25Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-26T00:12:51Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-06T22:21:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2014
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/18823
dc.description.abstract We conduct a meta-regression analysis of the existing literature on the impacts of disasters on households, focusing on the poor and on poverty measures. We find much heterogeneity in these impacts, but several general patterns, often observed in individual case-studies, emerge. Incomes are clearly impacted adversely, with the impact observed specifically in per-capita measures (so it is not due to the mortality caused by the observed disaster). Consumption is also reduced, but to a lesser extent than incomes. Importantly, poor households appear to smooth their food consumption by reducing the consumption of non-food items; the most significant items in this category are spending on housing, health, and education. This suggests potentially long-term adverse consequences as consumption of these services is often better viewed as long-term investment. We do not find consistent patterns in long-term impacts; it appears the limits of the meta-regression methodology prevent us from observing patterns in the relatively few heterogeneous research projects that examine these long-term effects. The importance of addressing risk within the context of sustainable development and poverty alleviation is clear. The impact of disasters on the poor may be increasingly worrying considering the climate variations we anticipate. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries SEF Working paper ; 04/2014 en_NZ
dc.subject Disaster en_NZ
dc.subject Natural en_NZ
dc.subject Poverty en_NZ
dc.subject Natural disasters en_NZ
dc.title Poverty and natural disasters: A meta-analysis en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Economics and Finance en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Working or Occasional Paper en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 380199 Applied economics not elsewhere classified en_NZ
dc.rights.rightsholder www.victoria.ac.nz/sef/research/sef.working-papers en_NZ

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