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Title: The effects of disasters on income mobility: Bootstrap inference and measurement error simulations
Authors: Villanger, Espen
Keywords: Income mobility
Effects of disasters
Bootstrap
Measurement error
Simulations
Natural experiments
Control group
Poverty
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Chr. Michelsen Institute
Series/Report no.: CMI Working paper
WP 2003: 6
Abstract: We evaluate the impact of disasters on income mobility by drawing on “natural experiments”. While the poor have a much higher probability of remaining poor when entering a crisis compared to normal times, there is also a negative effect in the year after. Richer households seem to be unaffected. A simple bootstrap method is proposed to facilitate statistical inference for mobility matrices. Also, we simulate measurement error to illustrate its magnitude on these matrices. Small errors induce a substantial downward bias of the probability of remaining poor, while comp arisons across states seem more robust, which is promising for impact analysis.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10202/156
ISBN: 82-8062-052-4
ISSN: 0804-3639
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