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Fertility after Natural Disaster: Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua

Citation

Davis, Jason (2017). Fertility after Natural Disaster: Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua. Population and Environment, 38(4), 448-464. PMCID: PMC5501327

Abstract

This investigation evaluates the effect of Hurricane Mitch on women’s reproductive outcomes throughout Nicaragua. This research aim is achieved by analyzing a unique Nicaraguan Living Standards Measurement Study panel dataset that tracks women’s fertility immediately before and at two time points after Hurricane Mitch, combined with satellite-derived municipality-level precipitation data for the 10-day storm period. Results show higher odds of post-disaster fertility in municipalities receiving higher precipitation levels in the immediate post-Hurricane Mitch period. However, fertility normalizes between disaster and non-disaster areas 4 to 6 years after the storm. These findings suggest that the disruptive effects of a natural disaster such as Hurricane Mitch can have an initial stimulative effect on fertility but that effect is ephemeral.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11111-017-0271-5

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2017

Journal Title

Population and Environment

Author(s)

Davis, Jason

PMCID

PMC5501327