Social Capital and Disaster Recovery: Evidence from Sichuan Earthquake in 2008

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Chun Wing Tse

Boston University

Jianwen Wei

Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE)

Yihan Wang

Central University of Finance and Economics

Date Written: September 16, 2013

Abstract

Social capital can help reduce adverse shocks by facilitating access to transfers and remittances.This study examines how various measures of social capital are associated with disaster recovery after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. We find that households having a larger Spring Festival network in 2008 do better in housing reconstruction. A larger network significantly increases the amount of government aid received for housing reconstruction. Furthermore, households having larger networks receive monetary and material support from more people, which also explains the positive impacts on recovery from the earthquake. As for other measures of social capital, connections with government officials and communist party membership do not significantly contribute to disaster recovery. Human capital, measured by the years of schooling of household head, is not positively correlated with housing reconstruction.

Keywords: natural disasters, social capital, Sichuan

JEL Classification: Q54, H84

Suggested Citation

Tse, Chun Wing and Wei, Jianwen and Wang, Yihan, Social Capital and Disaster Recovery: Evidence from Sichuan Earthquake in 2008 (September 16, 2013). Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 344. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2366981 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2366981

Chun Wing Tse (Contact Author)

Boston University ( email )

595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
United States

Jianwen Wei

Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) ( email )

39 South College Road
Haidian District
Beijing, Beijing 100081
China

Yihan Wang

Central University of Finance and Economics ( email )

39 South College Road
Haidian District
Beijing, Beijing 100081
China

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