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Pork and Typhoons: The Influence of Political Connections on Disaster Response


James Atkinson


University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Allen Hicken


University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Political Science

Nico Ravanilla


University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Political Science

February 22, 2014


Abstract:     
To what extent do political connections between politicians influence disaster response? To address this question, we produce a baseline estimate for post-disaster need by calculating a storm exposure measure for every municipality in the Philippines from 2001-2010. Then, controlling for storm exposure, we analyze the effect of political connections on reconstruction fund distribution from House legislators to municipal mayors. Our analysis shows that political connections, especially clan ties, increase reconstruction funds allocated to a given municipality. These results suggest that a more needs-based disaster response may require placing a limit on political discretion in the disbursement of post-disaster funds.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 43

Keywords: pork, disaster assistance, typoons, natural disasters, Philippines, Southeast Asia

JEL Classification: H40, H41, H54

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Date posted: August 19, 2011 ; Last revised: March 27, 2014

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Atkinson, James and Hicken, Allen and Ravanilla, Nico, Pork and Typhoons: The Influence of Political Connections on Disaster Response (February 22, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1911915 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1911915

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James Atkinson
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( email )
701 Tappan St. Rm E2600
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States
Allen Hicken (Contact Author)
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Political Science ( email )
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States
Nico Ravanilla
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Political Science ( email )
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States
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