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Distributional impacts of disaster recovery: Sri Lankan households a decade after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

Diana De Alwis

No 6980, Working Paper Series from Victoria University of Wellington, School of Economics and Finance

Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of recovery from the 2004 tsunami on income and consumption distribution across households in Sri Lanka, using a quasi-quantile regression method and other inequality measures. The analysis finds that the income of households in the entire distribution has recovered, with low-income households increasing their income by a higher proportion compared to the higher income households. The paper also observes that the affected regions appear more income-equal ex-post compared to the unaffected regions. Household consumption recovered in short and medium-term favoring both high and low-income households compared to those in the middle-income category. Nonetheless, long-lasting recovery of consumption appears only among high income households.

Keywords: Sri Lanka; Tsunami; Households; Recovery; Inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018
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