00:00    |    
Initial credits
00:06    |    
Hurricane Katrina
00:52    |    
Different outcomes after the disaster
01:31    |    
Basic premise
03:05    |    
Expectations about government actions
08:10    |    
Expectations matrix
08:45    |    
Pessimism about government's capacity and intention
09:42    |    
Optimism about government's capacity and intention
10:32    |    
Capacity optimism and intention pessimism
12:34    |    
Results of the study about Hurricane Katrina
13:09    |    
Question and answer period
Where should the line of government action be drawn?
Government expectations during Hurricane Katrina Quotes George W. Bush
Augmented expectations by government officials
Human insatiability
Inefficient roads
Public choice approach to the intention of government officials
Should the government be in charge of the roads?
Do you think it's best to have low expectations and to be pessimistic about government's capabilities?
What would happen if people expected more from other people than from the government?
Quotes Israel Kirzner
Can expectations efficiently allocate resources when the line is drawn in regards of what government should be doing?
Clear policies
Feasible policies
Individual effects of pessimism during Hurricane Katrina
Excessive optimism towards government actions
How did expectations on the community you studied affect their recovery?
Optimism in poor communities
Can this optimism be imposed to communities in need?
Contractual relationship between the government and the individual
What can you do if the government doesn't fulfill its obligations?
Do you have other examples besides Hurricane Katrina in which the government's situation is similar?
Hurricane Andrew in Florida
57:45    |    
Final words
58:23    |    
Final credits




Expectations of Government Response to Disaster

14 de marzo de 2012   | Vistas: 2 |  

In the process of searching better life conditions after facing natural disasters, human beings turn to the environment to evolve and adapt to new and adverse circumstances. Virgil Storr illustrates these ideas and describes the power that governments have over people's decisions. He comments on the fact that victims of the force of nature expect positive solutions to be accomplished on their behalf, the debates on what the authorities should do, and where the line should be drawn concerning their range of action. Storr explains how each person should act in regards to government officials real intentions, and mentions how the inclinations of pessimism and optimism determine the results of an individual's actions. He also talks about his research on government response in the case of Hurricane Katrina, in New Orleans, and analyzes how the perception of capacity and intention of the American government modified the attitude of the residents enduring such difficult conditions.

Virgil Storr is research associate professor of economics at George Mason University. He holds a BA in economics and management…


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