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Disaster Recovery and the Role of Self-Governance

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dc.contributor.advisor Boettke, Peter J. Grube, Laura
dc.creator Grube, Laura 2015-07-29T18:40:40Z 2015-07-29T18:40:40Z 2015
dc.description.abstract Each year in the US, natural disasters result in hundreds of deaths and injuries and tens of billions of dollars in damage to property. Total disaster declarations and federal funding for disasters has been increasing in recent decades, with average yearly allocations to the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) now over $5 billion. Those impacted by disaster are confronted with a variety of challenges, including questions about individual financial assistance, the task of cleaning up homes and businesses, the decision of whether to rebuild, and many more issues. Although federal funding following disaster has increased, there are still questions about how government assistance may or may not aid in recovery. Evidence from Hurricane Katrina, the tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Joplin, Missouri, and Hurricane Sandy suggest that other factors also contribute to community recovery. My dissertation brings together three papers that explore how individuals and communities engage in social cooperation to overcome difficult challenges such as natural disaster and the various types of resources that they employ in the process.
dc.format.extent 133 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2015 Laura Grube
dc.subject Economics en_US
dc.subject Sociology en_US
dc.subject collective action en_US
dc.subject community recovery en_US
dc.subject Hurricane Katrina en_US
dc.subject natural disasters en_US
dc.title Disaster Recovery and the Role of Self-Governance
dc.type Dissertation en Doctoral en Economics en George Mason University en

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