January 2, 2011

Natural Disasters and Household Welfare: Evidence from Vietnam

by Timothy Thomas, Luc Christiaensen, Quy Toan Do and Le Dang Trung

- As natural disasters hit with increasing frequency, especially in coastal areas, it is imperative to better understand how much natural disasters affect economies and their people. This requires disaggregated measures of natural disasters that can be reliably linked to households, the first challenge this paper tackles. In particular, a methodology is illustrated to create natural disaster and hazard maps from first hand, geo-referenced meteorological data.

Thomas, T., L. Christiaensen, Q.T. Do and L.D. Trung (2010). "Natural Disasters and Household Welfare: Evidence from Vietnam." World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. WPS 5491, Dec 2010.