Does Resilience Yield Dividends? Co-Benefits of Investing in Increased Resilience in Cedar Rapids
Juan F. Fung, Jennifer F. Helgeson, David H. Webb, Cheyney M. O'Fallon, Harvey Cutler
Cedar Rapids, IA, offers a unique case study in planning for increased resilience. In 2008, Cedar Rapids experienced severe flooding. Rather than simply rebuilding, the city of Cedar Rapids began to invest in a resilient flood control system and in the revitalization of its Downtown neighborhood. This paper develops a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model for the regional economy of Cedar Rapids to quantify "resilience dividends": net co-benefits of investing in increased resilience. A resilience dividend includes benefits to the community even if another disaster does not occur. We build a CGE model of Cedar Rapids at two different time periods: one in 2007, before the flooding, and one in 2015, after the flooding and initial investment in resilience. We show that a positive economic shock to the economy results in larger co-benefits for key economic indicators in 2015 than in 2007. Our approach illustrates how co-benefits are distributed throughout the economy.
, Helgeson, J.
, Webb, D.
, O'Fallon, C.
and Cutler, H.
Does Resilience Yield Dividends? Co-Benefits of Investing in Increased Resilience in Cedar Rapids, Economic Systems Research, [online], https://doi.org/10.1080/09535314.2020.1798359
(Accessed August 3, 2021)