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Demographic Impact of Disasters


Frankenberg, Elizabeth; Laurito, Maria M.; & Thomas, Duncan (2015). Demographic Impact of Disasters.. Wright, James D. (Ed.) (pp. 101-108). Oxford, England: Elsevier.


The frequency and magnitude of large-scale disasters in recent years has prompted increased interest in better understanding how major disruptive events alter key demographic processes. This article summarizes evidence establishing that disasters have significantly impacted mortality, health, fertility, and migration. While these processes are intimately interrelated, there have been relatively few integrative analyses that draw the evidence together, in large part because of inadequate data. Investment in population data collection systems to provide scientific evidence in the wake of disasters will broaden the depth and scope of disaster research, advance understanding of demographic changes, and inform policy interventions.


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Frankenberg, Elizabeth
Laurito, Maria M.
Thomas, Duncan