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Natural Disasters, Household Welfare and Resilience: Evidence from Rural Vietnam

Mohamed Arouri (), Adel Ben Youssef and Cuong Nguyen ()

No 2015-03, GREDEG Working Papers from Groupe de REcherche en Droit, Economie, Gestion (GREDEG CNRS), Université Côte d'Azur, France

Abstract: The study uses commune fixed-effect regressions to estimate the effect of natural disasters on welfare and poverty of rural households in Vietnam, and subsequently examines household and community characteristics that can strengthen resilience of households to natural disasters. We find that all the three disaster types considered in this study including storms, floods and droughts have negative effects on household income and expenditure. Access to micro-credit, internal remittances and social allowances can help households strengthen the resilience to natural disasters. Households in communes with higher expenditure mean and more equal expenditure distribution are more resilient to natural disasters.

Keywords: Natural hazards; disasters; resilience; poverty; household welfare; Vietnam (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 O12 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2015-01
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Forthcoming in World Development

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