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Navigating Disaster: An Empirical Study of Federal Assistance Following Hurricane Sandy

Laura E. Grube (), Rosemarie Fike and Virgil Henry Storr
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Laura E. Grube: Beloit College
Rosemarie Fike: Texas Christian University
Virgil Henry Storr: George Mason University

Eastern Economic Journal, 2018, vol. 44, issue 4, 576-593

Abstract: Abstract Federal disaster assistance should only compensate disaster victims for the damage sustained. Using zip code-level data on federal disaster assistance, this paper examines the FEMA Individuals and Households Program following Hurricane Sandy. We show that the extent of the damage does appear to explain much of the differences in the size of the federal disaster award that individuals receive. However, other factors, including percentage of foreign-born and the educational attainment levels of individuals in a community, also explain damage assessments and assistance levels. We argue that complexities in the application process may have disadvantaged foreign-born and less educated applicants.

Keywords: Hurricane Sandy; disaster assistance; FEMA; vulnerable populations; H5; Z1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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