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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Does Uncertainty Reduce Growth? Using Disasters as Natural Experiments

Scott R. Baker, Nicholas Bloom

NBER Working Paper No. 19475
Issued in September 2013

---- Acknowledgements -----

We would like to thank the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation for their financial support. We appreciated feedback from discussants Jonathan Goldberg, Ayhan Kose and Aart Kray, seminars participants at the AEA, the Chicago Fed, Maryland, IMF, Stanford, and the World Bank, and from Megha Patnaik and Stephen Terry. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Nicholas Bloom -----

I worked for McKinsey and company as a management consultant from 2001-2002. I have not received any funding from them after that time.

I am part of the Toulouse Network for Information Technology, which carries out research on IT and productivity. From this network I receive an annual honorarium, which is funded by Microsoft.

I do occasional consulting on management practices for government and policy agencies, like the Canadian Government, the World Bank, the European Union, the British Government, and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.

I produced a report in 2008 for the World Economic Forum on management practices in private equity for which I received an honorarium.

I occasionally am a paid speaker at corporate events at which I discuss among other things management practices.

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