Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Katrina, Louisiana and Mississippi 

Another one of those things that I keep meaning to read is the rest of the new issue of the Monthly Labor Review, a publication of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This month is a special issue on the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Some impressions that arise from a scan of the information there:The report looks like a treasure trove for those who wish to understand the economic effects of last year's hurricanes. I find the contrasts of experiences between the two states interesting. Those who claim the Bush Administration's response to Katrina was tainted by race should note the sharp differences in experience between Mississippi and Louisiana, both in the types of damage sustained and economic responses to the shocks imposed by the hurricanes.