No. 14 Brownbag: The impact of nature disasters on pro-social behavior
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No.14 Brownbag


Topic: The impact of nature disasters on pro-social behavior: A case study from typhoon Yolanda in Panay, Philippines

Speaker: Björn Vollan, Robert Bosch Junior Professor, Philipps-Universität Marburg

Host: Yexin Zhou, Associate Professor of the School of Economics and Resource Management, Beijing Normal University

Time: 12:00-13:30pm, May. 10th 2018

Venue: Rm 1710, Hou-Zhu-Lou, Beijing Normal University


Introduction of Speaker

Björn Vollan is the Robert Bosch Junior Professor for Sustainable Use of Natural Resources. His research agenda combines questions pertaining to environmental economics, development economics and behavioral economics. Moreover, he has published a great deal of papers on Science, European Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, World Development, Environment and Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Institutional Economics, etc.



Solidarity is considered an important aspect of post disaster recovery. We investigate the effect of an exceptionally strong tropical typhoon (Yolanda, November 2013) using an unique experimental panel data set collected in 30 villages in the region of the Western Visayas in the Philippines before and after the disaster (2012 & 2016). In both years, 810 participants took part in our experiments, whereas 449 individuals participated in both samples. We also collected experimental data from children. We observe short term effects of the degree of exposure to solidarity after priming participants towards typhoon Yolanda but no long-term effects. We discuss heterogeneous responses as well as data from focus group discussion which also reveal short term increases in solidarity in highly affected areas.


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