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Distributional Impacts of Disaster Recovery: Sri Lankan Households a Decade after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

Diana Alwis ()
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Diana Alwis: Victoria University of Wellington

Economics of Disasters and Climate Change, 2020, vol. 4, issue 1, No 9, 195-222

Abstract: Abstract This paper investigates consequence of 2004 tsunami on income distribution in Sri Lanka, using quantile Difference-in-Difference and Change-in-Change methods, and other inequality measures. The analysis finds that the income of affected households in the entire distribution has recovered, with low-income household’s income increases by a higher proportion as compared to the income increase of higher income households. Similar pattern appears for consumption inconsistently across empirical methods. Nonetheless, the study does not find evidence for increasing inequality associated with long-lasting recovery from the catastrophic tsunami in Sri Lanka.

Keywords: Sri Lanka; Tsunami; Households; Recovery; Inequality; Q54; R11; I32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s41885-020-00058-z

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