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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 31: ENVS Capstone: The Effect of Political Instability on the Level of Damage Incurred from Natural Disasters

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Natural disasters are usually defined as natural events (cyclones, earthquakes, floods) that cause extreme damage, resulting in serious economic loss and casualties. However, the severity of a natural disaster can also depend on human-related factors. Much research has been done on the extent that extreme weather events invoke instability and conflict. My research seeks to identify if this relationship also operates in the other direction. This paper explores the role that political instability plays in intensifying or mitigating the damages from a natural disaster. I utilize time-series and cross-country analyses amongst South Asian countries to measure how much variation in damages incurred (from natural disasters) is attributable to instabilty. I investigate potential mechanisms that this relationship works through, such as investment into disaster preparedness and regulation enforcement. A further understanding of the role that instability plays in vulnerability to extreme weather events is essential in the face of climate change.


Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library