Professor James Richardson Authors Book about Mega-Disasters


Managing Hurricane Katrina: Lessons from a Megacrisis

April 3, 2019

BATON ROUGE – In Managing Hurricane Katrina: Lessons from a Megacrisis, Arjen Boin, Christer Brown and James A. Richardson analyze and evaluate the crisis response at all levels of government during the first week after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana. With a clear evaluative framework based on decades of crisis management research, the authors examine both the failures and successes during this period and offer lessons useful for a government response to other mega-crises in the United States and abroad. Boin, Brown and Richardson’s granular analysis of this incredibly complex operation will inform preparation everywhere for the inevitable super disasters that modern society faces.

"Tax systems are very personal since we all pay taxes, but the overall tax system also has to provide the necessary revenues, be fair among the citizens and support a vibrant business community,” said Richardson. “The book serves as a reminder of the numerous issues we have to consider. Moreover, as I tell my students, this book will be good for a long time as a reminder of what good tax policy is.”

James A. Richardson is the John Rhea Alumni Professor of Economics and professor in the Public Administration Institute in the E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University. He co-edited in 1988 Louisiana Fiscal Alternatives; in 1999 Handbook on Taxation and in 2018 Exploring Long-Term Solutions for Louisiana’s Tax System. Richardson has served as a member of the Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference since 1987. He has consulted with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of Justice. He worked with the Financial Services Roundtable regarding recovering from disasters after Hurricane Katrina.

"I worked with two outstanding tax economists from Tulane University, Steve Sheffrin and Jim Alm, and am quite proud of the outcome—it can serve as a reference for many tax debates to come. These tax discussions never go away.”

Managing Hurricane Katrina: Lessons from a Megacrisis is due out in May 2019.


Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business