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Disasters, Development, and Social Capital: Understanding Economic Recovery After Earthquakes in Nepal

Monday, November 4, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Warren Hall, B73

Speaker: Arun Agrawal, Samuel Trask Dana Professor, University of Michigan

Abstract: Two successive earthquakes in 2015 wiped out nearly half of Nepal’s GDP with stunningly high negative effects particularly for the poor. Using household data before and after the earthquake for the Middle Hills of Nepal, we examine economic recovery from earthquake impacts in Nepal. The research focuses in particular on the degree to which involvement in development programs, and levels of social and human capital endowments, help predict household level economic recovery from effects of large scale disasters. In addition to assessing the role of development programs and human vs social capital, we also describe how research findings can inform proactive disaster recovery.

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Lecture, Seminar


Department of Development Sociology (DSOC), Development Sociology, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, South Asia Program


dsoc, devsoc



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Sarah Day


Arun Agrawal

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University of Michigan

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