Adaptation to rainfall extremes: role of dams in India

This study empirically estimates the flood damage function and examines the role dams have historically played as an adaptation measure to extreme rainfall induced floods in India. The study assesses flood vulnerability in relation to summer monsoon (June-September) rainfall variability, and winter monsoon (October-December) rainfall variability separately. The study relies on a state-level panel dataset from 1969 to 2009 which combines flood damages data for 25 states, monthly precipitation data for each state, number of dams in the states, and other control variables including typology of dams and region-specific characteristics.