In addition to the $100 billion in damages caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, there were relatively short-lived disruptions to labor markets in aggregate, but longer-term, detrimental employment effects on workers displaced to other regions.
RAND Gulf States Publications on Economic Development
An Economic Development Architecture for New Orleans January 1, 2008
In response to the current situation in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this report provides recommendations regarding effective organizational and strategic approaches to revitalizing the city’s economy, identifies the best practices that other cities have used to foster economic development, describes how these practices might be applied to New Orleans, and considers historical trends and past development missteps.
Employment and Self-Employment in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina October 7, 2007
Examines the short- and long-term effects of Hurricane Katrina on the labor market outcomes of prime age individuals in the states most affected by the hurricane and for evacuees using data from the monthly Current Population Survey.
Rebuilding Housing Along the Mississippi Coast: Ideas for Ensuring an Adequate Supply of Affordable Housing May 15, 2006
In October 2005, RAND researchers went to Mississippi to help the Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal and the Affordable Housing Subcommittee of the Infrastructure Issues Committee. They identified policy and implementation options that could help local communities address affordable-housing issues. They considered challenges in providing affordable housing and strategies for dealing with those challenges.