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How does a large-scale disaster impact on the used-car market? A case study of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Yuya Shibuya () and Hideyuki Tanaka ()
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Yuya Shibuya: The University of Tokyo
Hideyuki Tanaka: The University of Tokyo

International Journal of Economic Policy Studies, 2019, vol. 13, issue 1, 89-117

Abstract: Abstract The aim of this paper is to examine how a large-scale natural disaster impacts on the used-car market. This paper particularly tries to clarify what type of cars and what kinds of car features were demanded in damaged areas and when. We conduct a case study on the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 and compare the used-car prices in damaged areas and non-damaged areas. The finding of this paper is that after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, cheaper used cars and used cars with larger carrying capacity were needed in damaged areas. In addition, we find that car types which people in the damaged areas needed depend on the phase of recovery.

Keywords: Used-car market; Used-car supply; Disaster logistics; Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 L62 H12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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