Dr. Meri Davlasheridze

Dr. Meri Davlasheridze
Assistant Professor
Department of Marine Sciences
1001 Texas Clipper Rd
Bld# 3029, Office 362
Galveston, TX, 77554 USA

E-mail: davlashm@tamug.edu
Phone: (409) 741-4338
Fax: (409) 740-4429


  • Ph.D., Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics, The Pennsylvania State University, 2013
  • M.S., Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, 2007
  • B.S., Economics, I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (The Republic of Georgia), 1998

Research Area:

My overall research focuses on economic impacts of natural disasters, vulnerability, adaptation, and general public policy concerning disaster mitigation and recovery. In my research I examine how effective federal and local disaster policies are in mitigating hurricane induced property and employment losses. I study individual and societal responses to flood risk exposure. I am interested in the behavior responses of individuals to public provision of flood protection as well as to general disaster aid. I examine long run adaptation through individuals’ location choices and spatial sorting as a mechanism of adjustment to the threat of extreme events. I also examine labor market impacts of disasters and spillovers across economic sectors.


  1. Goetz, S. J., Davlasheridze, M., & Han, Y. (2014). County-Level Determinants of Mental Health, 2002–2008. Social Indicators Research, 1-14. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-014-0792-6
  2. Fan, Q. and Davlasheridze, M. (2015). Flood Risk, Flood Mitigation, and Location Choice: Evaluating the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System. Risk Analysis. doi: 10.1111/risa.12505
  3. Goetz, S. J., & Davlasheridze, M. (2016). State-Level Cooperative Extension Spending and Farmer Exits. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, ppw007. doi: 10.1093/aepp/ppw007
  4. Davlasheridze, M. and Q. Fan. “Household Adjustments to Hurricane Katrina.” The Review to Regional Studies. (Forthcoming).
  5. Davlasheridze, M, Fisher-Vanden, K and Klaiber, HA. (2017). "The Effects of Adaptation Measures on Hurricane Induced Property Losses." Submitted to Journal of Environmental Economics and Management  81: 93-114 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2016.09.005

Under Review & Working Papers (student co-author indicated by *)

  1. Davlasheridze, M., Goetz, S. J., & Han, Y. “Mental Health and Economic Growth in U.S. Counties.” The Review to Regional Studies. (Revised & Resubmitted).
  2. Davlasheridze, M. and P.C. Geylani. “The Effects of SBA Disaster Loans on Small Business Survival.” (In review)
  3. Davlasheridze, M. and Q. Miao. “Flood Insurance and Federal Disaster Aid” (Manuscript)
  4. Davlasheridze, M. and Q. Fan. “Valuing Seawall Protection in the Wake of Hurricane Ike.” (Manuscript)
  5. Davlasheridze, M. “Sectoral Impacts and Spillovers of Hurricane Disasters.” (Manuscript)
  6. Burgin*, A. and M. Davlasheridze. “Value of Galveston Beaches and Benefits of Nourishment to Homeowners.” (Manuscript)
  7. Hinson*, M. L. and M. Davlasheridze. “Water Quality and Health of Coral Reefs.” (Manuscript)


MARS 280 - Coastal and Ocean Resource

STAT 303 – Statistics


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