February, 2018

Learning from Disasters in Mississippi

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This chapter examines disaster recovery in Mississippi and how policies that foster entrepreneurship might help spur disaster recovery and promote prosperity going forward. Based on our broader research on community recovery after Hurricane Katrina across the Gulf Coast and, specifically, in Mississippi, and after Hurricane Sandy in New York, we argue that entrepreneurs are key to disaster recovery. Entrepreneurs can spur community revival by increasing the benefits and reducing the costs associated with returning and rebuilding.