Methodological issues in natural disaster loss normalisation studies

W. J.Wouter Botzen*, Francisco Estrada, Richard S.J. Tol

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to JournalComment / Letter to the editorAcademic


The mixed results in Pielke (2020) for natural disaster loss normalisation studies are due to methodological differences. Flaws exist in commonly used normalisation approaches that assume unitary elasticities between exposure indicators and losses. We refute Pielke’s arguments that statistical studies estimating these relationships are biased. We conclude with an agenda for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-115
Number of pages4
JournalEnvironmental Hazards
Issue number2
Early online date12 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Climate change
  • extreme weather
  • loss normalization
  • natural disaster
  • statistical analysis


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