Mortality, the Family and the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Published By: NREAD on eSS | Published Date: March, 05 , 2011

Over 160,000 people died in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The correlates of survival are examined using data from the Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery (STAR), a population-representative survey collected in Aceh and North Sumatra, Indonesia, before and after the tsunami. Children, older adults and females were the least likely to survive. Whereas socio-economic factors mattered relatively little, the evidence is consistent with physical strength playing a role. Pre-tsunami household composition is predictive of survival and suggests that stronger members sought to help weaker members: men helped their wives, parents and children, while women helped their children. URL:[http://ipl.econ.duke.edu/bread/papers/working/311.pdf].

Author(s): Elizabeth Frankenberg, Thomas Gillespie, Samuel Preston, Bondan Sikoki, Duncan Thomas | Posted on: Sep 06, 2011 | Views(683) | Download (741)


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