Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Empirical Questions

What is the relationship between media coverage of a disaster and private relief aid? Is it a linear relationship? Or are there major non-linearities?

What percentage of their funds do charities like the Red Cross collect in these major disasters? Do they collect "too much"? Do they end up redistributing any excess to either other charities or to other parts of their operations?

How does private spending in the case of disasters like these compare to government spending? Is this consistent with smaller-scale disasters?

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