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Disaster Aid Targeting and Self-Reporting Bias: Natural Experimental Evidence from the Philippines

Yuki Higuchi, Nobuhiko Fuwa, Kei Kajisa, Takahiro Sato () and Yasuyuki Sawada ()
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Takahiro Sato: Faculty of Agriculture and Life Science, Hirosaki University, Hirosaki 036-8561, Japan

Sustainability, 2019, vol. 11, issue 3, 1-13

Abstract: Aid from the government can play a critical role as a risk-coping device in a post-disaster situation if the recipients are properly targeted. We analyze the accuracy of disaster aid targeting and self-reporting bias in disaster damage and aid receipt by combining (i) satellite images (objective information on flood damage), (ii) administrative records (objective information on post-flood aid receipt), and (iii) unique survey data (self-reported information on damage assessment and aid receipt) on a large-scale flooding in 2012 in the Philippines. We find that damage is over-reported while aid receipt is under-reported, and as a result, the estimated targeting accuracy based on self-reported information is substantially downward-biased.

Keywords: disaster; flood; Habagat; aid targeting; self-reporting bias; Philippines (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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