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Organization of disaster aid delivery: spending your donations

Henderson, J. Vernon and Lee, Yong Suk (2015) Organization of disaster aid delivery: spending your donations. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 63 (4). pp. 617-664. ISSN 0013-0079

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Identification Number: 10.1086/681277


This paper examines how different organizational structures in disaster aid delivery affect house aid quality. We analyze three waves of survey data on fishermen and fishing villages in Aceh, Indonesia following the tsunami. We categorize four organizational structures based on whether and to whom donors contract aid implementation. Compared to bilateral contracting between donors and implementers, donors that vertically integrate and do their own implementation offer the highest quality housing as rated by village heads and have fewer counts of faults, such as leaky roofs and cracked walls, as reported by fishermen. However, they shade in quality as they lose dominance as the leading aid agency in a village. Domestic implementers and the government agency that was responsible for significant portions of aid delivery provide significantly lower quality aid. We also examine how the imposition of shared ownership, the primary social agenda for boat aid agencies, affects boat aid quality. We find that village and fishing leaders steer poor quality boats towards those whom shared ownership were imposed upon, often lower status fishermen.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2015 by the University of Chicago
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JZ International relations
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F3 - International Finance > F35 - Foreign Aid
H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods
H - Public Economics > H5 - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
L - Industrial Organization > L2 - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
L - Industrial Organization > L3 - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2018 14:13
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:11
Projects: SES 0416840, R01 HD057188
Funders: National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

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