Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/191519
Authors: 
Pugatch, Todd
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 304
Abstract: 
Extreme weather induced by climate change can have major consequences for human health. In this study, I quantify the effect of tropical storm frequency and severity on mortality using objective meteorological data and the universe of vital statistics records from a large developing country, Mexico. Using a measure of storm exposure that accounts for both windspeed dispersion and population density along the storm track, I project changes in past storm-related mortality under various scenarios of continued climate change, while holding population and income at current levels. I find that storm-related deaths would have risen under most climate change scenarios considered, with increases of as much as 52% or declines of as much as 10%, depending on the interplay between increasing storm severity and decreased frequency.
Subjects: 
tropical storms
tropical cyclones
hurricanes
natural disasters
human mortality
human health
climate change
developing countries
Latin America
Mexico
JEL: 
I15
J10
O13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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