Hurricane Katrina - Gulf Coast Recovery

Hurricane Katrina - Gulf Coast Recovery


Bruce Yandle, Mark Adams | Sep 2010
This policy comment discusses the importance of reducing regulatory barriers to recovery in the wake of a disaster.
David Marlett | Aug 12, 2010
This paper assesses the potential impact that an optional federal charter (OFC) for property and casualty insurance would have on social resiliency in affected communities in the United States. It…
Daniel J. Smith, Peter J. Boettke | May 02, 2010
"Private Solutions to Public Disasters: Self-Reliance and Social Resilience" is a chapter in the book The Economics of Natural and Unnatural Disasters, edited by William Kern.
Virgil Storr, Stefanie Haeffele-Balch | Apr 05, 2010
Using data from interviews with affected residents and community leaders in New Orleans after Katrina, this article explores the effectiveness of private disaster recovery efforts and whether or not…
Peter Leeson, Christopher Coyne,, Russel Sobel | Dec 2009
This paper investigates the political economy of FEMA’s post-9/11 merger with the Department of Homeland…
Virgil Storr, Emily Chamlee-Wright | Dec 2009
This paper examines the role of the social entrepreneur in post-Katrina recovery and presents implications for…

Testimony & Comments

Expert Commentary


Peter Boettke is the vice president and director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center as well as the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism and a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University. He specializes in Austrian economics, economic history, institutional analysis, public choice, and social change.
Emily Chamlee-Wright is a senior research scholar and Board Member at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Her primary research interests include development economics, cultural economics, and indigenous markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a nationally syndicated columnist. Her primary research interests include the U.S. economy, the federal budget, homeland security, taxation, tax competition, and financial privacy. Her popular weekly charts, published by the Mercatus Center, address economic issues ranging from lessons on creating sustainable economic growth to the implications of government tax and fiscal policies. She has testified numerous times in front of Congress on the effects of fiscal stimulus, debt and deficits, and regulation on the economy.
Steven Horwitz is a Mercatus Center Senior Affiliated Scholar, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics and department chair at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. He completed his MA and PhD in economics at George Mason University and received his A.B. in economics and philosophy from The University of Michigan.
Eileen Norcross is a senior research fellow and director for the State and Local Policy Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.


Emily Chamlee-Wright | August 31, 2015
Emily Chamlee-Wright discusses public vs private sector response to Hurricane Katrina with the Schilling Show on WINA-AM in Virginia.

Recent Events

The Social Change Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University presents a lecture by Emily Chamlee-Wright, Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center and Nona Martin, Affiliated Senior…


Virgil Storr, Stefanie Haeffele-Balch, Laura Grube | Oct 2015
Rebounding after disasters like tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods can be daunting. Communities must have residents who can not only gain access to the resources that they need to rebuild but can overcome the collective action problem that characterizes post-disaster relief efforts.

Media Clippings

| Nov 07, 2012
Steven Horwitz was quoted at Reason.
| Nov 07, 2012
Steven Horwitz was quoted at Reason.
Donald J. Boudreaux | Oct 30, 2012
Don Boudreaux quoted discussing Hurricane Sandy.
Steven Horwitz | Aug 27, 2011
Steve Horwitz was quoted in an ABC News article on the popularity of pop-tarts during hurricanes.
Steven Horwitz | Aug 26, 2011
Steve Horwitz was quoted on NPR on how Walmart’s understanding of its customers’ preferences allows it to be so successful during hurricane recovery efforts.
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