Post-war & Disaster Reconstruction

Post-war & Disaster Reconstruction


Cecil Bohanon | Sep 10, 2012
Both President Obama and Professor Krugman are using very broad historical strokes to make the case that an activist federal government is essential to prosperity. These strokes have an air of plausibility and contain elements of truth. But a closer examination of the actual events of the immediate postwar period provides a picture that is much more nuanced and at odds with the world view that government intervention is the essential ingredient of prosperity. Although the postwar era was indeed inaugurated by a huge contraction in government spending that was made possible by the Allied victory, the end of deficit spending did not send the United States into a deep depression.
Christopher Coyne | Jan 01, 2011
This paper analyzes the political economy of the creeping militarization of U.S. foreign policy. The core argument is that in integrating the “3D” approach, policymakers have assigned responsibilities to military personnel which go beyond their comparative advantage, requiring them to become social engineers tasked with constructing entire societies.
David R. Henderson | Nov 04, 2010
Why did the U.S. economy do so well in the years following World War II given how badly it had done in the years preceding America’s entry into the war? The answer, in a nutshell, is that…
Emily Chamlee-Wright, Virgil Storr | Nov 01, 2009
Hurricane Katrina caused over one hundred billion dollars in property damage in the Greater New Orleans region. Although much attention has been paid to why particular communities have begun to…
Steven Horwitz | Apr 15, 2009
The unprecedented impacts of Hurricane Katrina provide an interesting study in how organizations innovate and improvise in the face of the unexpected. Two of the stand-out responders were Wal-Mart and the United States Coast Guard —one private-sector firm, the other a part of the federal government.
Emily Chamlee-Wright | Dec 06, 2007
Recovery from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina has stalled as residents and business owners wait for signs of whether and when their communities and customers are going to return. Tragically, many disaster-response policies and redevelopment initiatives have distorted the signals from markets and civil society that would otherwise foster a swift and sustained recovery.

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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

Tate Watkins | Apr 14, 2011
Tate Watkins had his op-ed on the Haitian rebuilding effort published at Real Clear World…
Tate Watkins | Apr 21, 2010
Haiti clearly faces immediate financial needs, but donors must realize that an approach that has failed for decades will continue to yield the same results.
Daniel Sutter | Feb 14, 2010
Daniel Sutter is cited in the Finance, Insurance & Real Estate News about the unintended consequences of coastal insurance regulation by Texas’ state-run, windstorm insurer.
Tyler Cowen | Feb 09, 2010
Tyler Cowen offers his theories on why Haiti is so poor, but isn't satisfied with the reasons.
Tyler Cowen | Feb 08, 2010
Tyler Cowen suggests relocating Haiti's capital in an article about Haiti's recovery and rebuilding process.
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