Risk and Public Policy
This series includes technical reports prepared by faculty, students and staff who are associated with the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at Stanford University. While the primary focus of Blume Center is earthquake engineering, many of the reports in this series encompass broader topics in structural engineering and materials, computational mechanics, geomechanics, structural health monitoring, and engineering life-cycle risk assessment. Each report includes acknowledgments of the specific sponsors for the report and underlying research. In addition to providing research support, the Blume Center provides administrative support for maintaining and disseminating the technical reports. For more information about the Blume Center and its activities, see https://blume.stanford.edu.
This report constitutes the second chapter of the author's doctoral thesis entitled: "Public Policy in Earthquake Effects Mitigation: Earthquake Engineering and Earthquake Prediction". This thesis has been published as Technical Report No. 37 of the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center.
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