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Home | Events Archive | Estimating the Direct and Indirect Impact of Typhoons on Plant Performance: Evidence from Chinese Manufacturers
Seminar

Estimating the Direct and Indirect Impact of Typhoons on Plant Performance: Evidence from Chinese Manufacturers


  • Series
  • Speaker(s)
    Robert Elliott (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)
  • Field
    Spatial Economics
  • Location
    Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam, room 1.01
    Amsterdam
  • Date and time

    May 02, 2019
    12:15 - 13:15

We quantify the impact of typhoons on manufacturing plants in China. To this end we construct a panel data set of precisely geo-located plants and a plant-level

measure of typhoon damage derived from storm track data and a wind field model. Our econometric results reveal that the impact on plant sales can be considerable,

although the effects are relatively short-lived. Annual total costs to Chinese plants from typhoons are estimated to be in the region of US$ 3.2 billion (2017 prices), or about 1

per cent of average turnover. When we examine the channels by which plants react to a storm event we find that there is some buffering through an increase in debt and a

reduction in liquidity. In terms of propagating the shock through foreign or domestic channels, our estimates suggest that plants prefer to reduce sales to domestic buyers

more than foreign buyers and purchases from foreign rather than domestic suppliers. We also find some evidence of a negative indirect effect on turnover through spillovers

from customers and a positive effect through damage to very nearby competitors.