Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/55341
Authors: 
Costa, Samia
Year of Publication: 
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
JEL: 
D70
H50
O00
F35
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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