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Economics

Education and Learning After the Pakistan Earthquake: Can the Children Recover?

Alec Larson ('11); Sam Haltenhof ('11); Jishnu Das*; Asim Ijaz Khwaja†; Mentor: Tahir Andrabi
*DECRG World Bank; †Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Abstract: Our summer research project focused on economic data collected after a severe earthquake in Pakistan in 2005. This data allowed us to study the effect of a large, exogenous shock on a group of people randomly distributed along the fault line. Using STATA, we were able to observe that as one moved away from the fault, damage and subsequent aid attenuated. Data collected on aid allowed us to study a correlation between aid groups' appear-ances, quality of aid, and the resulting changes in attitudes towards foreigners, specifically their kindness and trust. Though work still needs to be done, extensive use of the STATA programming language has led us to believe that the appearance of foreign aid tends to lead individuals to be more trusting of foreigners while their perceptions of their kinsmen remain the same. This result has major policy implications and speaks greatly to the benefit of relief efforts.

Funding provided by National Academy of Sciences (TA)

Research at Pomona