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Are Natural Disasters Good for Economic Growth?

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Authors Pelle Ahlerup
ISSN 1403-2465
Publisher University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2013
Published at Gothenburg Centre for Globalization and Development (GCGD)
Department of Economics
Language en
Links hdl.handle.net/2077/32311
Keywords natural disasters, economic growth, humanitarian aid
Subject categories Economics

Abstract

Natural disasters plague the populations of many countries, and the international commu- nity often seeks to alleviate the human suffering by means of humanitarian aid. Do natural disasters also have negative effects on aggregate economic growth? This paper shows that natural disasters on average have a positive association with subsequent economic performance. This overall positive association is driven by the experience of democratic developing countries that receive humanitarian aid.

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