Our Work

Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery

Project Overview

The Sumatran-Andaman earthquake of December 26, 2004 and the subsequent tsunami constitute one of the most powerful and deadly disasters in world history. The damage in the Indonesian province of Aceh was extreme. Some 160,000 individuals perished and an estimated 4.5 billion dollars of property was destroyed. By 2007, efforts to repair the damage and rebuild destroyed infrastructure constituted one of the largest projects ever undertaken in a developing country setting.

To provide evidence on the consequences of the disaster and the evolution of the recovery effort, our team in conjunction with Statistics Indonesia, fielded multiple surveys in Aceh and North Sumatra as part of the Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery (STAR).
STAR is designed to provide data for studying behaviors and outcomes associated with the tsunami and the subsequent recovery. The survey collects information at the individual and household levels, including multiple indicators of economic well-being (consumption, income, and assets); education, migration, and labor market outcomes; marriage, fertility, and contraceptive use; health status and use of health care; relationships among coresident and non-coresident family members; transfers among family members and inter-generational mobility; and participation in community activities.

Department & School

Sanford School of Public Policy


  • National Science Foundation NIH-National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Wellcome Trust NIH-National Institute on Aging

Project Collaborators

  • SurveyMETER

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