Do Local Elites Capture Natural Disaster Reconstruction Funds?

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Yoshito Takasaki;
(2009)

This paper examines the allocation of natural disaster reconstruction funds among cyclone victims in rural Fiji. During post-emergency periods, when good information about cyclone damage is available, do local elites, a powerful minority, capture housing construction ma... View more
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