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Do Natural Disasters Affect the Poor Disproportionately? The Case of Typhoon Milenyo in the Rural Philippines

Yoko Sakai, Jonna P. Estudillo, Nobuhiko Fuwa, Yuki Higuchi and Yasuyuki Sawada ()

No 31, PRIMCED Discussion Paper Series from Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University

Abstract: This paper illustrates the sharp contrast in welfare impacts between the rich and the poor caused by typhoon Milenyo in a Philippine village. Fish price dropped sharply after a large volume of cultured fish was set loose due to the damage caused to fish pens near the village, leading to positive net welfare gains among the wealthy. Among the poor, however, the negative effects of food (other than fish) price increase outweighed the positive benefit of the fish price decrease, and the poor non-agricultural households (who receive their income by cash rather than by rice) were the most severely hit.

Pages: 36 p.
Date: 2012-11
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