August 24, 2015

Katrina 10 Years Later: Disaster Recovery and the Political Economy of Everyday Life

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August 29th marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States. As we remember the impact of the storm, the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics has released a new webpage featuring 2 new videos as well as an essay by Hayek Program Director Peter Boettke reflecting on the intellectual impetus, lessons, and legacy of the Mercatus Gulf Coast Recovery Research Project.

Visit the webpage to watch the videos and read the essay. 

In this video, Peter Boettke discusses what led him and his research team to study the recovery process and what they found in the process.

This project has spawned a decade of research by Mercatus affiliated faculty, graduate student fellows, and alumni on the political economy of disaster recovery, including books, journal articles, policy papers, and more. This research has been compiled here.

Mercatus Affiliated Scholar Steve Horwitz discusses his research on the response of big box stores, such as Wal-Mart, to the disaster and what Mercatus researchers learned about how local knowledge and incentives can impact recovery efforts.

In recognition of the anniversary of Katrina, the Kindle version of How We Came Back: Voices from Post-Katrina New Orleans, one of the latest books from this project, will be available to download for FREE through August 28, 2015.

To see our new web page on this topic, including the essay, videos, and links to related research, please visit