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Did Hurricane Zone Building Codes Make Houses Less Safe?

July 3, 2014 in Economics

In the new issue of Regulation, Carolyn A. Dehring and Martin A. Halek investigate whether state and federal mandated changes in coastal building standards mitigate hurricane damage to residential properties in high-hazard coastal areas. They find that coastal construction code changes associated with the National Flood Insurance Program are associated with more structural damage to coastal property. Also in this issue, Daniel A. Crane looks at how Tesla is dealing with political challenges mounted by the powerful car dealers’ lobby, and Logan Albright and Ike Brannon analyze how many jobs will the individual states lose if Congress raises the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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