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Entrepreneurs drive community revival in the wake of disaster


This article responds to the points raised by Daniel P. Aldrich, Emily Chamlee-Wright, and Lori Peek in the symposium on our book Community Revival in the Wake of Disaster: Lessons in Local Entrepreneurship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

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  1. For an updated version of our model on the challenge associated with post-disaster community recovery, please see More information on the book can be found here:


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Storr, V.H., Haeffele-Balch, S. & Grube, L.E. Entrepreneurs drive community revival in the wake of disaster. Rev Austrian Econ 31, 479–484 (2018).

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  • Disaster recovery
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Hurricane Sandy

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  • B53
  • D71
  • L26
  • L31
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