New Frontiers Series

Human Capital Accumulation and Disasters: Evidence from the Pakistan Earthquake of 2005

Pakistan earthquake

Jishnu Das
Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

Jishnu Das and co-authors Tahir Andrabi and Benjamin Daniels traced the effects of a large-scale disaster on children in a poor agrarian economy with low capital stocks. Using a new dataset from a survey conducted four years after the devastating Kashmir earthquake of 2005, they documented causal results related to child growth, education, and other areas.

This lecture is part of a larger series organized by Faculty Fellow Nilesh Fernando entitled "New Frontiers in Economic Development." First organized in 2013, the series focused on microeconomic poverty interventions. The series now focuses on larger-scale economic issues and their impact in developing countries by featuring distinguished economists who deliver a public lecture as well as participate in a master class with graduate-level economics students. The series is cosponsored by the Department of Economics.


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