Understanding the Economic and Financial Impacts of Natural Disasters

Understanding the Economic and Financial Impacts of Natural Disasters

by Charlotte Benson, Edward Clay
     
 

ISBN-10: 0821356852

ISBN-13: 9780821356852

Pub. Date: 02/01/2004

Publisher: World Bank Publications

Reported disaster losses have risen rapidly over the last few decades, triggering a growing awareness of the potential damage caused by natural hazards. However, there is limited knowledge or understanding of their broader macroeconomic significance or the problems they pose for long-term development.

Drawing on evidence from Bangladesh, Dominica, and Malawi,

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Overview

Reported disaster losses have risen rapidly over the last few decades, triggering a growing awareness of the potential damage caused by natural hazards. However, there is limited knowledge or understanding of their broader macroeconomic significance or the problems they pose for long-term development.

Drawing on evidence from Bangladesh, Dominica, and Malawi, 'Understanding the Economic and Financial Impacts of Natural Disasters' explores these macro-economic and development issues. The report examines the short and long-term economic and financial impacts of natural disasters, the factors that contribute to underlying sensitivities, and identifies opportunities for improving the economic management of risk and disasters as they unfold.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821356852
Publisher:
World Bank Publications
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Series:
Disaster Risk Management
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
130
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Summary1
1Introduction3
2Disasters and the Macroeconomy9
3Public Finance and Disasters29
4Information on Natural Hazards and Disaster Reduction43
5Financing the Cost of Future Disasters53
6Findings of the Study and Implications for Policy and Research61
App. ADominica: Natural Disasters and Economic Development in a Small Island State69
App. BBangladesh: Disasters and Public Finance79
App. CMalawi and Southern Africa: Climatic Variability and Economic Performance91
Notes99
References107
Index113

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