Measuring disaster recovery: bouncing back or reaching the counterfactual state?

@article{Cheng2015MeasuringDR,
  title={Measuring disaster recovery: bouncing back or reaching the counterfactual state?},
  author={Shaoming Cheng and Emel N Ganapati and Sukumar Ganapati},
  journal={Disasters},
  year={2015},
  volume={39 3},
  pages={
          427-46
        }
}
How should one measure the recovery of a locale from a disaster? The measurement is crucial from a public policy and administration standpoint to determine which places should receive disaster assistance, and it affects the performance evaluation of disaster recovery programmes. This paper compares two approaches to measuring recovery: (i) bouncing back to pre-disaster conditions; and (ii) attaining the counterfactual state. The former centres on returning to normalcy following disaster-induced… CONTINUE READING
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