Breakup of New Orleans Households After Hurricane Katrina

Posted: 30 Oct 2009  

Michael S. Rendall

RAND Corporation

Date Written: October 28, 2009

Abstract

The resilience of family and household structure to displacement-inducing natural disaster is investigated. Households from a survey that traces the outcomes of a population-representative sample of households in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina are compared statistically to households from a national sample. Household breakup following Katrina was extremely high among extended-family households, exacerbated by the high prevalence of extended-family households in New Orleans before the hurricane. While the highest rates of household breakup occurred among households whose residences were made uninhabitable by the Hurricane and its aftermath, city-wide impacts on household breakup were found.

Suggested Citation

Rendall, Michael S., Breakup of New Orleans Households After Hurricane Katrina (October 28, 2009). RAND Working Paper Series WR- 703. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1495883

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