Unlike the governmental response to Hurricane Katrina, the disaster recovery efforts that followed the catastrophic tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, in 2011 provide a model worth emulating. City and state officials facilitated recovery by temporarily relaxing regulations, hiring extra building inspectors, waiving state procurement and bidding rules, and resisting the temptation to micromanage.

Daniel J. Smith is the Director of the Political Economy Research Institute and a Professor of Economics and Finance in the Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University.
Daniel S. Sutter is the Charles G. Koch Professor with the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, Sorrell College of Business, Troy University.
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