Countries can minimize the economic risk of epidemics by investing in the tools needed to predict disease emergence.
Ilan is the Chair in the Economics of Disasters and a Professor of Economics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research and teaching focus on the economic aspects of natural hazards and disasters, and other related topics in environmental, development, and international economics. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of Economics of Disasters and Climate Change, a journal published by SpringerNature. He previously worked at the University of Hawaii, and has consulted for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, UNISDR, the International Monetary Fund, and ASEAN. Ilan has published around 75 papers, mostly on the economics of disasters, including works on short- and long-term impacts, disasters’ fiscal implications, disaster insurance, and impact measurement methods.
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