Ideas for Development in the Americas (IDEA): Volume 22 : May-August, 2010: The Economics of Natural Disasters
Jul 2010
This issue of IDEA was inspired by the myriad questions raised by the successive natural disasters that have struck the developing world of late. It asks why some countries are more resilient to natural catastrophes than others and examines the short-term economic effects of disaster (the case of Haiti), the long-term effects on economic growth, and the policies countries might adopt to better insulate themselves from the high economic costs of disasters.