To say that is to reject one of the core assumptions of economics: that people/entities/nations when making economic decision, exhibit, as best they can, rational utility-maximizing behavior. No. What my remarks reflect is a careful read of your assertion and a rigorous refutation of its legitimacy. Seriously? I presented you with empirical research (I even provided hyperlinks to the document) that shows that some of them are and some of them are not, and for those that are not, that there is no material impact on the growth/productivity of the affected economy. Your assertion that gave rise to my doing so is that natural disasters have impact, an "overwhelmingly" positive one.