Economics of Disasters and Climate Change

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 91–106 | Cite as

The Effect of Disasters on Migration Destinations: Evidence from Hurricane Katrina

  • Jonathan EyerEmail author
  • Robert Dinterman
  • Noah Miller
  • Adam Rose
Original Paper


While post-disaster migration can move vulnerable populations from dangerous regions to relatively safe ones, little is known about decisions that migrants use to select new homes. We develop an econometric model of migrant flows to examine the characteristics of the destinations that attracted migrants leaving the New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 relative to migration behaviors in other years. We find an increased flow of migrants to large, nearby counties with a mixed effect of economic variables on migration. We find that counties that had experienced fewer disasters received a greater proportion of total migrants in 2005, but there was an overall increase in migration flow to disaster-prone regions as well.


Post-disaster migration Hurricane Katrina Pull factors 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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