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The Economic Impact of Natural Disasters

Registration for this event is closed.

Date:  Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
Time:  Reception: 6 p.m. (Light fare will be served.)
Welcome and introduction: 6:30 p.m.
Presentation, panel discussion and Q&A: 6:45‑8 p.m.
Location: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza
Broadway and Locust St.
St. Louis, Mo. 63102 (map it)

Natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have a devastating impact on the lives of affected citizens. But how do they affect the economy?

Business economist and research officer Kevin Kliesen will address that question at this event. He will take a look at the economic disruption from recent hurricanes, the economic losses from the largest natural disasters since 1970 and the economic effects of recovery and rebuilding.

The event also will feature:

  • Julie Stackhouse, executive vice president and managing officer of departments including Supervision and Community Development.
  • William R. Emmons, an assistant vice president and economist at the St. Louis Fed and lead economist at the Center for Household Financial Stability.

Stackhouse will give a welcome and introduction, and she and Emmons will join Kliesen in answering questions from the audience after Kliesen’s presentation.

The event is open on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required and will close Nov. 8 or as soon as all seats are filled.

Questions? Contact Karen Casbourne at or 314-444-7471.

This presentation is part of the St. Louis Fed’s evening discussion series, called Dialogue with the Fed: Beyond Today’s Financial Headlines. View previous presentations at this site.