Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Mathematical Economics

Reader 1

Nicholas Kacher

Reader 2

Nayana Bose


The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami caused 225,000 deaths and economic damages of a little bit less than $10 billion. In this paper, I look at the differences in resilience between the countries affected by this natural disaster and those that were not. By adopting a difference-in-differences regression model and looking at GDP growth rates and the amount of international tourism before and after this disaster, I find that there were no effects on GDP growth rates, while international tourism increased post-disaster in countries affected by the earthquake. These results are interesting as previous literature finds negative impacts on GDP growth post-disaster. Increases in tourism can also be explained by the ideas of disaster tourism, dark tourism, and blue tourism; and these findings show us how increases in tourism can be used to boost economic activity post-disaster.