How does flooding influence life satisfaction of residents in the Metro-Iloilo region, Philippines

Fernandez, Cheryl Joy, Welters, Riccardo, and Stoeckl, Natalie (2014) How does flooding influence life satisfaction of residents in the Metro-Iloilo region, Philippines. In: Proceedings of International Symposium on Business and Management. pp. 586-603. From: ISBM 2014: International Symposium on Business and Management, 2-4 April 2014, Nagoya, Japan.

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As a result of climate change, scientists predict that the Philippines will experience fewer but stronger tropical cyclones. In addition to wind, tropical cyclones trigger floods that disrupt economic activities and livelihoods, cause emotional stress, and increase public health risks. But without knowing who is most adversely flood affected and where they reside, it is difficult for local governments to determine whether they should prioritise adaptation or mitigation initiatives in their region. We help fill that information deficit, investigating the relationship between individuals' flooding experiences (e.g. personal property damages, loss of employment opportunities and/or opportunities to grow/catch food, stress from flooding experience and perceived effectiveness of flood disaster management) and self-reported life satisfaction. We use data collected via interviews with six hundred (600) residents in thirty-three (33) locations during July and August 2013. Amongst other things, our analysis shows that monetary damages are a function of floodwater depth. There is also a negative and significant relationship between trauma and life satisfaction. Evidently, policies, such as floodway installations and relief operations should not be the only priority of governments; they should also consider mental health responses so as to improve the overall well-being of residents.

Item ID: 38264
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
ISSN: 2226-6577
Keywords: flood(ing), life satisfaction, climate change, Philippines, well-being
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Funders: Skyrail Rainforest Foundation, School of Business, James Cook University (JCU), University of the Philippines, AusAID
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 01:11
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics @ 70%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919902 Ecological Economics @ 60%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) @ 40%
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