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College of Arts & Sciences
Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute

Indirect Costs of School Closures Triggered by the 2015 Flash Floods

Lead Investigator: Melanie Gall Co-PIs: Larianne Collins, SC Geographic Alliance, Department of Geography Tamara Sheldon, Department of Economics, Darla Moore School of Business


This research investigates the rippling effects and economic costs associated with school closures caused by the recent floods. Our unique focus is different from traditional economic disaster impact studies which either evaluate direct costs or assess indirect impacts by focusing on the business sector. We will deploy online household surveys in three school districts of Columbia, SC and use the Human Capital Method to estimate indirect costs of school closures. Conceptually, this work will add to literature on indirect costs of disasters and community resilience. Its results will aid emergency managers in choosing shelter sites and duration.