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What determines Australia's response to emergency and natural disasters
journal contributionposted on 2007-03-01, 00:00 authored by S Feeny, Matthew ClarkeMatthew Clarke
This article examines the determinants of Australia's response to emergencies and natural disasters. It examines the response from the Australian public by examining contributions made to the appeals of the country's largest Non-Governmental Organisation: World Vision of Australia. It also examines the response of the Australian Government. The data include 43 emergencies and natural disasters since 1998. Results suggest that the responses from both the public and government are positively associated with the number of people affected, media coverage, and the level of political and civil freedom in the country where the event occurred. The type and location of the emergency or disaster are important for the public's response. Differences between public and government donations exist: support from the Australian Government is positively associated with smaller countries and there is some evidence that the public donates more to events occurring in larger and poorer countries.
JournalAustralian economic review
Pagination24 - 36
Publication classificationC1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice2007, The University of Melbourne