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
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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