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dc.contributor.authorRahman, Habib
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-20T07:30:53Z
dc.date.available2020-08-20T07:30:53Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationRahman, M.H. 2018. Earthquakes don't kill, built environment does: Evidence from cross-country data. Economic Modelling. 70: pp. 458-468.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11937/80689
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.econmod.2017.08.027
dc.description.abstract

© 2017 Elsevier B.V.

Earthquakes are often attributed to a myriad of human casualties, but its variation is quite remarkable across countries. This paper first presents a conceptual analysis to understand why earthquake casualties vary across countries. After that, using a rich panel dataset of countries observed over half a century, from 1950 to 2009, this paper provides empirical evidence that the middle-income countries are more susceptible to earthquake casualties because of its higher level of vulnerable buildings relative to the low- and high-income countries. This finding retains its robustness when I use different income-based criteria of country classification, control for earthquake probabilities, capture institutional effects, and devise alternative specifications. The results suggest that the governments can significantly reduce earthquake casualties by emphasising on the quality—rather than quantity—of built environment through enforcing quake-resistant regulations.

dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
dc.subjectSocial Sciences
dc.subjectEconomics
dc.subjectBusiness & Economics
dc.subjectEarthquakes
dc.subjectBuilt environment
dc.subjectHuman casualties
dc.subjectReal GDP
dc.subjectNATURAL DISASTERS
dc.subjectECONOMIC-GROWTH
dc.subjectINCOME
dc.subjectRISK
dc.titleEarthquakes don't kill, built environment does: Evidence from cross-country data
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.volume70
dcterms.source.startPage458
dcterms.source.endPage468
dcterms.source.issn0264-9993
dcterms.source.titleEconomic Modelling
dc.date.updated2020-08-20T07:30:52Z
curtin.departmentSchool of Economics, Finance and Property
curtin.accessStatusIn process
curtin.facultyFaculty of Business and Law
curtin.contributor.orcidRahman, Habib [0000-0002-8493-3873]
curtin.contributor.researcheridRahman, Habib [N-5154-2016]
dcterms.source.eissn1873-6122


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