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National Survey Evidence on Disasters and Relief: Risk Beliefs, Self-Interest, and Compassion

dc.contributor.authorViscusi, W. Kip
dc.contributor.authorZeckhauser, Richard
dc.identifier.citation33 Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 13 (2006)en_US
dc.descriptionArticle published in a journal of theoretical and empirical papers that analyze risk-bearing behavior and decision-making under uncertainty.en_US
dc.description.abstractA nationally representative sample of respondents estimated their fatality risks from four types of natural disasters, and indicated whether they favored governmental disaster relief. For all hazards, including auto accident risks, most respondents assessed their risks as being below average, with one-third assessing them as average. Individuals from high-risk states, or with experience with disasters, estimate risks higher, though by less than reasonable calculations require. Four-fifths of our respondents favor government relief for disaster victims, but only one-third do for victims in high-risk areas. Individuals who perceive themselves at higher risk are more supportive of government assistance.en_US
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dc.publisherJournal of Risk and Uncertaintyen_US
dc.subject.lcshNatural disasters -- Risk assessmenten_US
dc.subject.lcshDisaster relief -- Public opinionen_US
dc.subject.lcshRisk perceptionen_US
dc.titleNational Survey Evidence on Disasters and Relief: Risk Beliefs, Self-Interest, and Compassionen_US

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