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Title:Government repression and the death toll from natural disasters PDF Logo
Authors:Costa, Samia
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper: Public Choice 3703
Abstract:Natural disasters have been a major cause of human suffering. Countries with higher income, lower inequality, lower corruption, and more democratic regimes have been found to experience less casualties from disasters. Government repression, however, could also play a role in disaster preparedness. In particular, I examine whether governments that are deemed to be human rights violators, which may not expect to receive assistance, experience lower casualties due perhaps to greater investment in disaster preparedness. I find an inverse U-shaped relationship between repression and casualties, with countries at either end of the distribution experiencing lower fatalities.
Subjects:natural disasters
government repression
disaster preparedness
human rights
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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