Skip to Main Content
Responding to risky neighbors: Testing for spatial spillover effects for defensible space in a fire-prone WUI communityAuthor(s): Travis Warziniack; Patricia Champ; James Meldrum; Hannah Brenkert-Smith; Christopher M. Barth; Lilia C. Falk
Source: Environmental and Resource Economics. doi: 10.1007/s10640-018-0286-0.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
Download Publication (2.0 MB)
DescriptionOften, factors that determine the risk of an environmental hazard occur at landscape scales, and risk mitigation requires action by multiple private property owners. How property owners respond to risk mitigation on neighboring lands depends on whether mitigation actions are strategic complements or strategic substitutes. We test for these neighbor interactions with a case study on wildfire risk mitigation on private properties. We use two measures of wildfire risk mitigation - an assessment by a wildfire professional and a self-assessment by homeowners. Taken together, the two assessments provide the first empirical explanation for strategic complements in wildfire risk mitigation and a more complete picture of how homeowners respond to this landscape-scale risk. We find homeowners that mitigate risk on their land are more likely to have neighbors that do the same, and homeowners that fail to mitigate risk are more likely to have neighbors that fail to do so as well. Due to spatial spillovers, motivating a few key residents to take action could reduce risk across the landscape.
- You may send email to email@example.com to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationWarziniack, Travis; Champ, Patricia; Meldrum, James; Brenkert-Smith, Hannah; Barth, Christopher M.; Falk, Lilia C. 2018. Responding to risky neighbors: Testing for spatial spillover effects for defensible space in a fire-prone WUI community. Environmental and Resource Economics. doi: 10.1007/s10640-018-0286-0.
KeywordsWUI, neighbor effects, spatial spillovers, wildfire, defensible space, endogenous risk
- Landowner response to wildfire risk: Adaptation, mitigation or doing nothing
- Cost shared wildfire risk mitigation in Log Hill Mesa, Colorado: Survey evidence on participation and willingness to pay
- Managing wildfire risk in fire-prone landscapes: how are private landowners contributing?
XML: View XML