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Inducing private wildfire risk mitigation: Experimental investigation of measures on adjacent public lands

Tyler Prante, , prantet@cwu.edu Joseph M. Little, , Michael L. Jones, , Michael McKee, , Robert P. Berrens, ,
 
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Tyler Prante, Joseph M. Little, Michael L. Jones, Michael McKee and Robert P. Berrens (2011), "Inducing private wildfire risk mitigation: Experimental investigation of measures on adjacent public lands", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 17: No. 4, pp 415-431. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2011.04.003

Published: 0/12/2011
© 0 2011 Tyler Prante, Joseph M. Little, Michael L. Jones, Michael McKee, Robert P. Berrens
 
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WildfirePublic goodsExperimental economics
 

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In this article:
Introduction
Background and motivation
Experiment design
Data analysis
Econometric results
Discussion and conclusions

Abstract

Increasing private wildfire risk mitigation is an important part of the larger forest restoration policy challenge. Data from an economic experiment are used to evaluate the effectiveness of providing fuel reductions on public land adjacent to private land to induce private wildfire risk mitigation. Results show evidence of “crowding out” where public spending can decrease the level of private risk mitigation. Findings also indicate that spending on private mitigation efforts increase when information about individual expenditures are made available and spending on public land fuel reductions are conditional upon a threshold level of private mitigation effort being achieved.

DOI:10.1016/j.jfe.2011.04.003