Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP)
© 2021 Emma K Ranheim
In my thesis I examine the impact of natural disaster declarations on socioeconomic outcomes. I use counties that requested, but did not receive, a natural disaster declaration as controls for treatment counties that received the requested declaration. I construct a county-by-year panel dataset covering 2005 to 2016. I estimate a difference-in-differences model to estimate socioeconomic outcomes resulting from the disaster declaration decision. I find that receiving a declaration was associated with a 0.8 percentage point poverty reduction in 2010, but no other years or changes in socioeconomic outcomes were causally and significantly established by my model.
Ranheim, Emma, "The Socioeconomic Impact and Allocative Discrepancies of FEMA Disaster Declarations and Aid" (2021). CMC Senior Theses. 2753.