Essays on the economics of natural disasters
Natural hazards occur frequently, and the costs associated with these events are well into the billions of dollars. The rising frequency and costs from natural disasters require a comprehensive understanding of its impacts on the economic system and mitigation strategies for local communities that can minimize these losses. The purpose of Chapter 1 is to demonstrate a linkage between civil engineering and economic models to accomplish these objectives. To do this, I build a spatial computable general equilibrium model (SCGE) for Shelby County in Tennessee that requires an extensive data set ...
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