The elasticity of natural disaster deaths with respect to income

Matt Kahn has a good paper (and here) on this topic:

Using a new data set on annual deaths from disasters in 57 nations from 1980 to 2002, this paper tests several hypotheses concerning natural disaster mitigation. While richer nations do not experience fewer natural disaster events than poorer nations, richer nations do suffer less death from disaster. Economic development provides implicit insurance against nature’s shocks. Democracies and nations with higher quality institutions suffer less death from natural disaster. The results are relevant for judging the incidence of a Global Warming induced increase in the count of natural disaster shocks.


getting dismal again

I'm confused. I thought Kahn was at UCLA; that paper mentions Stanford and Tufts...

1. CFRED's statistics consider only "large" disasters and do not incorporate the accumulated effect of the "smaler" ones. An analysis based only in the interpretation of these data, without appropriate field ground-truthing, does not allow a better judgment than the one conveyed by the author
2. Some data and its assessment by the author seem strange and would require peer reviewing to be validated
3. Definately, disasters are all but "natural". This only major pleonasm makes the whole article obsolete. The best example is definately the earthquake in Haiti
4. I believe the aticle should be frevised and re-written.

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