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The Economic Impacts of Natural Disasters

Debarati Guha-Sapir and Indhira Santos


Natural disasters, in particular climate related ones, are increasing in frequency. Along with this, their socio economic impacts have doubled or even tripled. These trends present important challenges to policy makers at national and international levels, especially within the context of climate change and global warming. This book focuses on the economic impact of these catastrophic events. The first part critically reviews economic tools currently available to measure and analyze impact on national economies as well as household welfare. It also examines ex-ante and ex-post mechanisms to de ... More

Keywords: Natural disasters, Socio-economic impact, Climate change, Economic tools, Valuation, Cost benefit analysis, Micro level consumption, Insurance Patterns, Japan, Bangladesh, Nicaragua

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199841936
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841936.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Debarati Guha-Sapir, editor
WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED)

Indhira Santos, editor
World Bank

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Debarati Guha-Sapir, Indhira Santos, and Alexandre Borde

Part I An Overview of Natural Disaster Trends, Risk Management Analysis, and Mitigation Policies in a Changing Climate

1 The Frequency and Impact of Natural Disasters

Debarati Guha-Sapir, Olivia D’Aoust, Femke Vos, and Philippe Hoyois

5 Challenges Ahead

Stéphane Hallegatte

Part II Case Studies of Natural Disasters

8 Natural Disasters in Vietnam

Tran Huu Tuan, and Bui Dung The

9 Natural Disaster Mitigation in West Bengal

Debesh Chakraborty, Sabari Bandyopadhyay, Ivy Das Gupta, Sayanti Sen, and Debabrata Mitra


Debarati Guha-Sapir, Indhira Santos, and Alexandre Borde

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