Hurricane Watch: Battening Down the Effects of the Storm on Local Crop Production

28 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2015

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Nekeisha Spencer

Binghamton University

Solomon W. Polachek

State University of New York at Binghamton; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This study utilizes a panel fixed effects model to explore the economic impact of hurricanes on local crop production in Jamaica using quarterly 1999-2008 micro level data. We find, in general, that hurricanes will have a negative impact on production but not for crops grown below ground. The exceptions for underground crops being negatively affected are yams and potatoes for which water saturated soil reduces output. From these results, implications are obtained regarding issues such as food security, export expansion, and earnings.

Keywords: crop production, exogenous shock, hurricanes

JEL Classification: O13, O54, Q1

Suggested Citation

Spencer, Nekeisha and Polachek, Solomon W., Hurricane Watch: Battening Down the Effects of the Storm on Local Crop Production. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9439, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2684269

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