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Disaster Relief


Who should handle disaster relief, private charities or governments? The answer is probably both. Because of their different advantages and disadvantages, I think each situation should be examined to work out the optimal mix. Another alternative, that I do not discus here, is private insurance. It is primarily for small, random, personal disasters. It often cannot cope when a large scale disaster creates a large number of simultaneous claims. I am thinking primarily in terms of acute disasters such as large floods, hurricanes, forest fires, earthquakes, volcanoes, famines, plagues, refugee displacements… both domestic and foreign.

Advantages of Letting Charities Do It

Advantages of Letting Governments Do It

Disadvantages of Letting Charities Do It

Disadvantages of Letting Governments Do It

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