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The Economic Impacts of the Loma Prieta Earthquake: A Focus on Small Business

  • Author(s): Kroll, Cynthia
  • Landis, John
  • Shen, Qing
  • Stryker, Sean
  • et al.

This paper identifies the impacts of the Lorna Prieta earthquake on the economy of the San Francisco Bay Area as a whole and specifically for small businesses. Findings are based on an analysis of published agrg egate economic data and a survey of small businesses in two cities. The paper finds that the economy showed a great deal of resistence, and concludes by outlining three lessons for future disaster planning in all areas prone to natural disasters.

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