Economics Of A Disaster

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The Economics of a Disaster represents a major contribution to the understanding of the economics of liability and damages. It is based on the assumption that if people know they can be held responsible for some or all of the costs or damages sustained in an environmental accident, they will change their behavior to make the accident less likely to occur or to reduce the damages should it occur. The work develops a framework to examine and measure changes in market conditions after a disaster, showing the kinds of information that need to be collected and analyzed. Based on the Exxon Valdez case, this work provides an interesting framework for practitioners, specialists, and scholars in the fields of business, economics, law, and environmental studies.

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Based on research conducted by Economists Incorporated on behalf of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Liability Fund, who published the findings in 1991 as An Economic Analysis of the Effect of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill on Alaskan Seafood Prices. Describes the methods and data of the study, the industry background, Japanese consumer demand, benchmark studies, non-salmon studies, supply effects, the value of fishing permits, and other matters. Concludes that damages from a large accident should be paid for economic as well as physical harm. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899309873
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1995
  • Pages: 218
  • Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

BRUCE M. OWEN is President of Economists Incorporated, a Washington, D.C. consulting firm specializing in antitrust and regulatory issues.

DAVID A. ARGUE is a senior economist at Economists Incorporated in Washington, D.C.

HAROLD W. FURCHTGOTT-ROTH is a senior economist at Economists Incorporated in Washington, D.C.

GLORIA J. HURDLE, prior to joining Economists Incorporated in Washington, D.C., spent over 13 years as an economist in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice on the Antitrust Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate, and teaching at the Colorado College, the Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Michigan. She has authored or coauthored a number of articles related to industry structure. She has also testified before the U.S. District Court, the Department of Transportation and the Canadian Competition Tribunal. Her work primarily involves transportation, agriculture, and energy.

GALE MOSTELLER, during her years at Economists Incorporated in Washington, D.C., has provided economic analysis and litigation support to law firms, corporations, and government agencies concerning antitrust issues, transfer pricing, FIFRA data compensation and economic damages from false advertising, securities fraud, and contract breach.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Introduction 1
1 The Effect of Disasters on Prices of Goods and Services: An Economic Framework 7
2 Measuring the Effect of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill on Alaskan Seafood Prices 19
3 Industry Background 29
4 Qualitative Evidence Concerning Price Effects 65
5 Japanese Consumer Demand 85
6 Salmon Benchmark Studies 91
7 Salmon Reduced Form Study 101
8 Salmon Processor Prices 111
9 Non-Salmon Species Studies 125
10 Supply Effects 145
11 Fishing Permit Values 153
12 Summary of Results 163
13 Conclusion 181
Appendix 1. A Brief Description of Statistical Terminology 183
Appendix 2. Modeling Japanese Consumer Demand 187
Appendix 3. Reduced Form Model for Alaskan Salmon 191
Appendix 4. Supply Effects 193
Selected Bibliography 195
Index 197
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