Long after a natural disaster strikes, its fingerprints can be seen on a society. This lecture used Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria as a case study to examine the long-term costs of natural disasters.

In this lecture, Amir Jina discussed his, and others', findings on the long-run effects of disasters on economies and human well-being. In particular, what effects we see and how we measure them, and what do we know about strategies to reduce the negative effects of disasters in the long-term. Amir highlighted the case of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, his recent experience of working with the US government there to predict the trajectory of their economy going forward, and the enormous structural challenges facing them as they attempt to rebuild.