Coronavirus, a Baby Boom, and a Divorce Spike

Evidence from past natural disasters indicate that the coronavirus impact could relate to the birth rate and the divorce rate.

What the Waffle House Index Says About a Storm

As a leading indicator for business activity during a natural disaster, the color coding for the Waffle House Index provides a handy forecast.

Six Facts About Disaster Economics

When natural disasters like hurricanes, massive snowstorms, and wildfires strike a region, their economic impact is far more than the clean-up.

The Hidden Side of Hurricane Spending

Looking at Katrina, Sandy and now Matthew, while hurricane spending can be much more than the clean-up, it does not necessarily help the GDP.

The Costs of Being Prepared for a Natural Disaster

Whereas natural disaster preparation can save lives, it might have too high an opportunity cost to make sense or be a ShakeAlert that has been proven.

A Ripple of Problems From Hurricane Sandy

Reading economist Arnold Kling’s explanation of why it will take a very long time to return to normal from Hurricane Sandy, I kept thinking of my own NJ disaster devastated neighborhood with downed trees on roads covered with branches, leaves…

Storm Warnings

Some thoughts today about predicting natural disasters. Weeks before 308 people perished in L’Aquila from an earthquake, a government commission proclaimed the chance was slim that a disaster would occur. It did happen and now, the 6 scientists and single…

Disaster at Waffle House

By Mira Korber, guest blogger. Just last week, a desperate pit-stop at the iconic southern restaurant chain, Waffle House, proved the very worst of my life’s infrequent fast-food exploits. Mid 1,300 mile road-trip, the black letters on yellow signage hailed…