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Households' choice on reconstruction of a damaged house after an earthquake: characteristics of decisions and effects of subsidies

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Reconstruction of damaged houses plays a critical role in revitalisation of a region after natural disasters. In this study, households' choices on reconstruction of damaged houses were surveyed. Surveyed areas were the damaged areas of Tottori-Seibu Earthquake (2000) and Miyagi-Hokubu Earthquake (2003) in Japan. Using survey data, discrete choice models on households' actual and hypothetical choices were constructed. Parameter estimation results showed that lifetime of a house, damage level and characteristics of a household (existence of children, elderly people's household etc.) affect households' choices on rebuilding. Similarity between choices in both regions was also found.

Keywords: housing reconstruction, damaged houses, reconstruction subsidies, Tottori-Seibu earthquake, Miyagi-Hokubu earthquake, Japan, regional revitalisation, natural disasters, house rebuilding, regional reconstruction

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