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Poverty and Natural Disasters: A Meta-Regression Analysis

Azreen Karim and Ilan Noy ()

Review of Economics and Institutions, 2016, vol. 7, issue 2

Abstract: With a meta-regression analysis of the existing literature on the impacts of disasters on households, we observe several general patterns. Incomes are clearly impacted adversely, with the impact observed specifically in per-capita measures. Consumption is also reduced, but to a lesser extent than incomes. Poor households appear to smooth their food consumption by reducing the consumption of non-food items; in particular health and education, and this suggests potentially long-term adverse consequences. Given the limits of our methodology and the paucity of research, we find no consistent patterns in long-term outcomes. We end by placing disaster risk for the poor within the discussions of sustainable development and future climatic change.

Keywords: disaster; natural; poverty; meta-analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I3 Q54 Q56 B41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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