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Do Floods have Permanent Effects? Evidence from the Netherlands

Trond G. Husby, Henri de Groot (), Marjan Hofkes () and Martijn Dröes ()
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Trond G. Husby: VU University Amsterdam

No 13-159/VIII, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers from Tinbergen Institute

Abstract: This study investigates the short- and long-run impact on population dynamics of the major flood in the Netherlands in 1953. A dynamic difference-in-differences analysis reveals that the flood had an immediate negative impact on population growth, but limited long term effects. In contrast, the resulting flood protection programme (Deltaworks), had a persisting positive effect on population growth. As a result, there has been an increase in population in flood prone areas. This discussion paper led to a publication in Journal of Regional Science .

Keywords: regional population dynamics; natural disasters; flood risk management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H12 J10 N34 Q54 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2013-10-10
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