Effect of Major Disasters on Geographical Mobility Intentions: The Case of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

29 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2014

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Eiji Yamamura

Seinan Gakuin University

Yoshiro Tsutsui

Osaka University - Graduate School of Economics

Chisako Yamane

Okayama University

Shoko Yamane

Kinki University

Date Written: June 24, 2014

Abstract

This paper uses panel data from Japan to explore how the Great East Japan Earthquake influenced the intention to leave one’s place of residence by comparing the same individuals’ responses before and after the earthquake. Controlling for unobserved individual fixed effects and various individual characteristics, we found that (1) people were more willing to leave their place of residence after the disaster when they lived nearer to Fukushima, (2) the effect of the disaster on intention to leave was reinforced when respondents had a small child, and (3) after dividing sample by gender, such tendencies were observed among women but not among men. From the last finding, we conclude that differences between men and women in perceived risk lead to differences in mobility intentions.

Keywords: Geographical mobility, disaster, perceived risk

JEL Classification: Q54, J15, J61, D89

Suggested Citation

Yamamura, Eiji and Tsutsui, Yoshiro and Yamane, Chisako and Yamane, Shoko, Effect of Major Disasters on Geographical Mobility Intentions: The Case of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident (June 24, 2014). ISER Discussion Paper No. 903. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2458318

Eiji Yamamura (Contact Author)

Seinan Gakuin University ( email )

6-2-92 Nishijin
Sawara-ku
Fukuoka 814-8511
Japan

Yoshiro Tsutsui

Osaka University - Graduate School of Economics ( email )

1-7 Machikaneyama
Toyonaka, 560-0043
Japan

Chisako Yamane

Okayama University ( email )

1-1-1 Tsushimanaka, Kita Ward
Okayama, 700-0082
Japan

Shoko Yamane

Kinki University ( email )

Higashi-Osaka City, Osaka 577-8502
United States

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