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The Economics of Natural Disasters in Sub-Saharan Africa

November 16, 2016

Flood victims make their way through flood waters to be evacuated in Tambara, Mozambique. Sub-Saharan Africa is region hardest hit by natural disasters. (Themba Hadebe/epa/Newscom)

The IMF’s latest Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa dedicates an entire chapter on what a drought, an earthquake or a pandemic can do to a country’s economy. In this podcast, lead authors Marshall Mills and Vimal Thakoor say natural disasters have a much bigger impact in sub-Saharan Africa than any other region.

Marshall Mills, Economist and Mission Chief for Madagascar, IMF African Department.
Vimal Thakoor, Economist, IMF African Department.