Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

What Lies Ahead: The Long-Term Impacts of Rising Disaster Costs on Social Inequality

Posted: 2/15/2019 (CSDE Seminar Series)

James R ElliottProfessor of Sociology at Rice University, will discuss newly published findings on how rising natural disaster costs drive rising social inequality over individual lifetimes, and the extent to which federal disaster assistance is exacerbating rather than reducing this social problem. Longitudinal data come from approximately 3,400 randomly selected Americans drawn from the Panel Survey of Income Dynamics who experienced varying degrees of local disaster damage in their counties of residence during 1999-2013. Implications call for wider recognition of how disaster recovery should not just respond to pre-existing social inequalities but also minimize the growth of these inequalities in the years that follow.

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Date: 02/22/2019

Time: 12:30-1:30 PM

Location: 121 Raitt