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In his comment on our paper titled “Does When You Die Depend on Where You Live? Evidence from Hurricane Katrina” (Deryugina and Molitor 2020), Robert Kaestner speculates about various threats to the validity of our research design. Most of these issues have testable implications that we addressed in the published paper. We restate and elaborate on those findings. Additionally, we show that a back-of-the-envelope exercise offered by Kaestner to interpret our findings is ill-posed and does not fit the context.
This article is a response to Alive and Kicking: Mortality of New Orleans Medicare Enrollees After Hurricane Katrina by Robert Kaestner (EJW, March 2021).