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The Economic Evolution of Wildfire Suppression Organizations

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dc.contributor.author Lueck, Dean
dc.contributor.author Yoder, Jonathan
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-07T20:09:10Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-07T20:09:10Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10535/9046
dc.description.abstract "Wildfires are destructive events, costing billions of dollars each year in damage, suppression and recovery costs. Fires also have rather unusual characteristics that make their management and control rather complex and seemingly irrational. Their occurrence has great spatiotemporal variance and preparation and timeliness is crucial for effective fire suppression. Fires tend not to coincide with landownership boundaries, so that land tenure and land use characteristics affect both private and public agency incentives to fight fires. Fire suppression institutions vary substantially over time and environments, ranging from private individual and cooperative action to large scale centralized government intervention, military style organization, specialization, and pre-positioned investments. Building on economic theories of contracts and institutional design, this article examines the economic rationale for the structure of observed wildfire suppression institutions and examines implications of the model in relation to several dimensions of fire policy historically across the US and the world. We utilize a set of historical and cross-sectional case studies to test our hypotheses about the organization of suppression. Finally we consider the implications for contemporary wildfire management." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject fire ecology en_US
dc.title The Economic Evolution of Wildfire Suppression Organizations en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country United States en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference 17th Annual Conference of The International Society for New Institutional Economics en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates Jun 20-22 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Florence, Italy en_US

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