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Some "Pain Index" Reports

A Collection of Katrina Pain Index Reports (Sorted Newest to Oldest)
New Orleans Katrina Pain Index at Ten: Who Was Left Behind
by Bill Quigley, published on July 20, 2015 by CommonDreams.org

Katrina Pain Index 2013
by Bill Quigley, published on August 26, 2013 by CommonDreams.org

Katrina Pain Index 2012: 7 Years After
by Bill Quigley and Davida Finger, published on August 24, 2012 by CommonDreams.org

Katrina Pain Index 2011: Race, Gender, Poverty
by Bill Quigley and Davida Finger, published on August 22, 2011 by CommonDreams.org

Katrina Pain Index 2010 New Orleans – Five Years Later
by Bill Quigley, Davida Finger, and Lance Hill, published on August 6, 2010 by CommonDreams.org

Katrina Pain Index – 2009
by Bill Quigley and Davida Finger, published on August 17, 2009 by CommonDreams.org

Katrina Pain Index – New Orleans Three Years Later
by Bill Quigley, published on August 24, 2008 by CommonDreams.org

A Collection of Reports on the Impacts of Hurricane Sandy (Sorted Newest to Oldest)
Measuring Disaster Resilience: The Impact of Hurricane Sandy on Critical Infrastructure Systems
by Tina Comes1 and Bartel Van de Walle, published in the Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, May 18-21, 2014

The Impact of Superstorm Sandy on New Jersey Towns and Households
by Stephanie Hoopes Halpin (Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers-Newark, October 2013)

Economic Impact of Hurricane Sandy: Potential Economic Activity Lost and Gained in New Jersey and New York
prepared by the Office of the Chief Economist, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce (Published in September 2013)

Hurricane Sandy FEMA After-Action Report
Federal Emergency Management Agency (Washington, DC: The Agency, July 2013)

The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey
by Nancy H. Mantell, Joseph J. Seneca, Michael L. Lahr, and Will Irving (Published as Rutgers Regional Report, Issue Paper Number 34 by the Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, January 2013)

What is a "Pain Index" in Social Research?

The term "pain index" has been used in the medical and health sciences for years to denote various methods for measuring different types of physical pain from a variety of sources. In social research, however, the term usually refers to a composite collection of measures that speak to the general welfare and well-being of a given population over time. There is no consensus about which measures, taken together, constitute the best index, so the recommended approach for a student doing research is to look at examples of "pain indexes" from various sources. - See the links to examples on the left sdie of this page for details.

In recent years, some of the best-known "pain indexes" have been those developed to analyze the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans and the wider area. Measures collected for this purpose have drawn upon demographic data, measures of housing supply and occupancy, social and economic data, health data, criminal justice data, among other sources. More recently, concerns about the long-term impact of Hurricane Sandy on New Jersey, and on especially the coastal counties that are the home to the Jersey Shore, have led to interest in the formulation and application of a similar "pain index" measure for this region.

The sources contained in this guide are intended to help students identify, obtain, and analyze potential "pain index" data sources, applying these to the New Orleans or New Jersey environment.

Bill Quigly on the Katrina Pain Index

Megastorm Aftermath (Documentary)

Subject Guide

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