The Day After The Disaster: Forced Migration And Income Loss After Hurricanes Katrina And Rita

Type

Journal Article

Author(s)

Yun, S.
Waldorf, B.

Title

The Day After The Disaster: Forced Migration And Income Loss After Hurricanes Katrina And Rita

Date

2016

Journal

Journal of Regional Science

Abstract

A model of post-disaster migration responses and income consequences poses that damage severity and individual resilience affect moving decisions. Forced moves are linked to little resilience relative to damage incurred and post-move income reductions. The empirical analysis analyzes households affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Using American Community Survey data, unobserved heterogeneous income damages are framed as treatment, with the moving decision being the treatment decision. An endogenous switching regression addresses self-selection issues. The results suggest that movers encountered double victimization: (1) they were forced to move and their income declined; (2) low-income households were more severely affected than the average.

Citation

Kaenzig, R. & Piguet, E. (2011). Migration et changement climatique en Amérique Latine : Quels enjeux? VertigO, 11(3), 1-14. DOI : 10.4000/vertigo.11488

Yun, S. & Waldorf, B. (2016). The Day After The Disaster: Forced Migration And Income Loss After Hurricanes Katrina And Rita. Journal of Regional Science. DOI : 10.1111/jors.12250