Preventing Haiti's Next Crisis
A paper by IoE Professor Matthew Kahn is referenced in New York Times blog Economix.
Five years ago, UCLA economist Matthew Kahn wrote a paper entitled “The Death Toll from Natural Disasters: The Role of Income, Geography and Institutions.”
Professor Kahn looked at natural disasters in 73 countries between 1980 and 2002, like the 1991 Bangladesh cyclone, which killed more than 138,000 people.
He found that as a country’s income doubles, the death toll from an earthquake drops by about 28 percent. The effects only get worse if, as in Haiti, poverty is combined with high levels of population density. An absence of land makes the problems of public mismanagement more costly. Income inequality is also associated with greater deaths from natural disasters.
Matthew Kahn, an environmental economist with the UCLA Institute of the Environment, writes and comments frequently on issues related to environmental policy, including the costs and benefits of environmental regulation and the relationship between consumer and institutional behavior and environmentalism.
To read the full article by Edward L. Glaeser, click here.
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Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010