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Effects of interactions among social capital, income, and learning from experiences of natural disasters: A case study from Japan

By eiji yamamura


This paper explores how and the extent to which social capital has an effect on the damage resulting from natural disasters. It also examines whether the experience of a natural disaster affects individual and collective protection against future disasters. There are three major findings. (1) Social capital reduces the damage caused by natural disasters. (2) The risk of a natural disaster makes people more apt to cooperate and therefore social capital is more effective to prevent disasters. (3) Income is an important factor for reducing damage, but hardly influences it when the scale of a disaster is small.

Topics: H41 - Public Goods, Z13 - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification, P16 - Political Economy
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1080/00343400903365144
OAI identifier: oai:mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de:16223

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