Moving to Higher Ground: Migration Response to Natural Disasters in the Early Twentieth Century

@article{Boustan2012MovingTH,
  title={Moving to Higher Ground: Migration Response to Natural Disasters in the Early Twentieth Century},
  author={L. Boustan and Matthew E. Kahn and P. W. Rhode},
  journal={The American Economic Review},
  year={2012},
  volume={102},
  pages={238-244}
}
  • L. Boustan, Matthew E. Kahn, P. W. Rhode
  • Published 2012
  • Economics
  • The American Economic Review
  • Areas differ in their propensity to experience natural disasters. Exposure to disaster risks can be reduced either through migration (i.e., self-protection) or through public infrastructure investment (e.g., building seawalls). Using migration data from the 1920s and 1930s, this paper studies how the population responded to disaster shocks in an era of minimal public investment. We find that, on net, young men move away from areas hit by tornados but are attracted to areas experiencing floods… CONTINUE READING
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