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Mortality, the Family and the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Citation

Frankenberg, Elizabeth; Gillespie, Thomas W.; Preston, Samuel H.; Sikoki, Bondan; & Thomas, Duncan (2011). Mortality, the Family and the Indian Ocean Tsunami. The Economic Journal, 121(554), F162-82. PMCID: PMC4389648

Abstract

Over 130,000 people died in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The correlates of survival are examined using data from the Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery (STAR), a population-representative survey collected in Aceh and North Sumatra, Indonesia, before and after the tsunami. Children, older adults and females were the least likely to survive. Whereas socio-economic factors mattered relatively little, the evidence is consistent with physical strength playing a role. Pre-tsunami household composition is predictive of survival and suggests that stronger members sought to help weaker members: men helped their wives, parents and children, while women helped their children.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2011.02446.x

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2011

Journal Title

The Economic Journal

Author(s)

Frankenberg, Elizabeth
Gillespie, Thomas W.
Preston, Samuel H.
Sikoki, Bondan
Thomas, Duncan

PMCID

PMC4389648