Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Manfred Keil

Rights Information

© 2015 Katherine J Savard


This thesis attempts to analyze the impact of disaster capitalism on the areas affected by the Great Flood of 1993. Using Naomi Klein’s book, the Shock Doctrine, I selected three variables that can be indicators of disaster capitalism. Unemployment rates, new private housing units authorized by permit, and employment in the mining, logging, and construction industry are used. I use a comparison of means test and a difference-in- differences estimate to find if the variables were changed as a result of the flood. Unemployment rates seemed to be affected by the crisis and strongly support Klein’s theories of disaster capitalism.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.