UWI Economic Working Papers
Look What The Hurricanes Just Blew In: Analyzing the Impact of the Storm on Criminal Activities
Nekeisha Spencer
03-2016
There is no obvious consensus in the literature on the relationship betweencrime and natural disasters. Specifically, studies have presented positive, negativeand, no impact relationships using either a small number or an aggregation ofcriminal offences. This present study fills a gap in the literature by using multiplehurricanes to explore the economic impact of hurricanes on criminal activitiesfrom 1976-2012. I find that hurricanes increases crime per capita in counties thatare directly hit, while neighboring counties experience a decline. This study hasimplications for the allocation of resources and national security in the face ofnatural disasters