Natural Disasters and the Economy Cause and Effect Essay by Tbrad

Natural Disasters and the Economy
An analysis of the economic impact of natural disasters on the U.S. economy.
# 106560 | 2,434 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Aug 10, 2008 in Environmental Studies (General) , Economics (General)

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This paper discusses how Hurricane Katrina was a perfect example of what a natural disaster can do to an economy. It looks at how natural disasters affect production and consumption of an economy in several major ways and points out that one way natural disasters disrupt production and consumption is the loss of jobs and displacement of a work force. Another way natural disasters disrupt production and consumption in he economy is a rise in the prices of certain goods and services. The paper also contends that one positive result of a natural disaster is the increase in jobs in other sectors connected to reconstruction, the flow of money into the economy, and increased production in the end due to the modernization of structures.

Natural Disasters
The Loss of Jobs and Displacement of the Workforce
Short Term Rise in Employment and Influx of Money into the Economy
Increase in Production from Modernization of Infrastructure and Capital

From the Paper:

"Moreover, natural disasters must occur in highly populated areas that are vulnerable to its forces in order to be considered a disaster. Thus, a wildfire or an earthquake in an unpopulated area would not be considering a disaster. Most of major U.S. cities are situated close to water sources such as oceans, rivers or, fault lines in the case of California. These areas are prone to natural disasters. As a result, their larger economies are at a high risk of being disrupted by a natural disaster and have a greater economic impact on the rest of the country."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brue, Stanley L., and Campbell R. McConnell. Economics. 17th ed. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2006. 1-808.
  • Cashell, Brian W., and Marc Labonte. United States. Government and Finance Division. Congress. The Macroeconomic Effects of Hurricane Katrina. 13 Sept. 2005. 17 July 2008 <>.
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