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Withstanding the Maelstrom: Policies for Disaster Recovery and Resilience

AAEA annual meeting track session

The 2024 AAEA Annual Meeting Track Session sponsored by the Community and Regional Economics Network as well as the Land, Water and Environmental Economics sections, “Withstanding the Maelstrom: Policies for Disaster Recovery and Resilience” will focus on understanding which policies help or hinder disaster recovery and resilience will be key as we progress through an era characterized by increasingly frequent and intense storms, fires, and floods. This session dives into the intricate landscape of climate disaster planning and management with four papers that dissect critical aspects of policy impacts and adaptation strategies. The first paper addresses disaster preparedness and resilience through an investigation of coastal risk policies. Paper two examines post-disaster resilience and recovery through a study of government transfers and employment outcomes in the hurricane-impacted U.S. counties. The third and fourth papers focus on disaster recovery responsiveness, with the former investigating which factors drive recovery rates, and the latter estimating regional disaster recovery elasticities. This session offers a glimpse into how our disaster recovery policies might be reshaped to build regional resilience to climate disasters.

Presentations in this session:

  • Evaluation for Coastal Risk Policies based on a Dynamic Sorting Model
    Zhenshan Chen, Virginia Tech
  • Navigating the Storm: Assessing Government Transfers and Employment Outcomes in Hurricane-Affected U.S. Counties
    Zheng Tian, Pennsylvania State University
  • Regional economic resilience to climate disasters: An analysis of U.S. hurricane recoveries
    Caren Mwange, Mississippi State University
  • Estimating Regional Elasticity to Recover from Disasters
    SeongYun, Mississippi State University

This session will take place on Tuesday, July 30 from 4:30 pm –6:00 pm CST in the New Orleans Marriott in Balcony L on the fourth floor.

If you are interested in attending the 2024 AAEA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, please send a completed complimentary media registration to Allison Ware in the AAEA Business Office. You can also learn more on our Annual Meeting Media Kit page.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes three journals, the Journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (an open access journal), the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit

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