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The impact of natural disasters on divorce rate : housing destruction as a channel

by Iwasaki, Yukiko

Abstract

With the increasing frequency, natural disasters are affecting more and more people these days. We investigate the relationship between natural disasters and divorce rate in the United States, specifically through the channel of housing destruction. We used panel data of 50 states for the years 2000 to 2009 from multiple sources. Becker’s marriage model suggests that destruction of houses through natural disasters is a great shock to a marital-specific capital and may be a trigger for a divorce. OLS regression with fixed effect reports a positive and significant relationship between divorce rate and per capita property damage through natural disasters, as hypothesized. The result was robust after the white’s correction and instrumenting medium income and home price.

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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:8049
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
35 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Khraiche, Maroula
Department/Program
Economics and Business
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2013