Disaster Relief as Bad Public Policy
By William F. Shughart II
This article appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of The Independent Review


Only 25 percent of the respondents to a survey conducted in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina identified government as their most important source of aid. Government relief to disaster victims is often less effective than aid provided by volunteers, non-profit organizations, and commercial enterprises, and it often facilitates corruption, encourages growth in disaster-prone areas, and crowds out self-help.

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