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A non-monetary global measure of the direct impact of natural disasters

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Show simple item record Noy, Ilan 2015-03-09T21:57:59Z 2015-03-09T21:57:59Z 2015 2015
dc.description.abstract The standard way in which disaster damages are measured involves examining separately the number of fatalities, of injuries, of people otherwise affected, and the financial damage that natural disasters cause. Here, we propose a novel way to aggregate measures of disaster impact, which aims to overcome many of the difficulties previously identified in the literature. This new index is similar, but conceptually different, from the World Health Organization’s calculation of Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) lost from the burden of diseases and injuries (WHO, 2013). We convert all measures of impact into “lifeyears” units. After analyzing worldwide trends in lifeyears lost to disasters, we conclude with a very preliminary assessment of the likely impact, in lost lifeyears, of the current Ebola epidemic in the three most affected countries in West Africa. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries SEF Working paper ; 04/2015 en_NZ
dc.subject Natural disasters en_NZ
dc.subject Ebola en_NZ
dc.subject West Africa en_NZ
dc.subject Disaster impact en_NZ
dc.title A non-monetary global measure of the direct impact of natural disasters en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Economics and Finance en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Working or Occasional Paper en_NZ
dc.rights.rightsholder en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified en_NZ

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