Addressing the private wildfire risk mitigation paradox in a climate-altered wildland urban interface

Joseph M. Little, Tyler Prante, Michael L. Jones, Michael McKee, Robert P. Berrens

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Scopus citations


Increased climate variability is anticipated to increase the length and severity of wildfire seasons in the Western U.S. The continued expansion of the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) compounds the threat homeowners living in these regions face from wildfire. Subsequently, there is a defined need to identify policy options that encourage WUI homeowners to undertake wildfire risk mitigation actions. Such behaviors not only reduce risk to the homeowner but to their neighbors as well. This chapter presents findings from a set of computerized economic experiments designed to examine the effectiveness of using costsharing and contingent insurance regimes to incentivize homeowner mitigation. Results suggest that, while the policy treatments were effective in increasing the probability, an experiment subject undertook at least some mitigation, there was "crowding out" under the treatment regimes. The dissemination of information on subject mitigation actions is shown to mute the potential for "crowding out".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExperimental Economics
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9789814713702
ISBN (Print)9789814713689
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • General Social Sciences


Dive into the research topics of 'Addressing the private wildfire risk mitigation paradox in a climate-altered wildland urban interface'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this