The Economics of Natural and Unnatural Disasters The Economics of Natural and Unnatural Disasters
William Kern, Editor
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143 pp. 2010
$40.00 cloth 978-0-88099-363-0
$15.00 paper 978-0-88099-362-3

This book presents a noted group of contributors who stand at the forefront of this increasingly important subdiscipline of economics; the economics of disasters. The chapters they contribute cover a wide variety of events and delve into the human and economic impacts disasters impose on nations around the world. Several themes dominant in this literature are discussed. These include the ability of potential disaster victims to accurately assess the risks they face, the role of incentives in ensuring that mitigation efforts are undertaken, the adequacy of our evaluation of the impact of disasters on economies, and discussion of the effectiveness of current government policies toward disaster prevention and relief.