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Title: The effect of newspaper coverage and political pressure on wildfire suppression costs

Author: Donovan, Geoffrey H; Prestemon, Jeffrey P; Gebert, Krista;

Date: 2011

Source: Society and Natural Resources 24(8):785-798

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Controlling wildfire suppression expenditures has become a major public policy concern in the United States. However, most policy remedies have focused on the biophysical determinants of suppression costs: fuel loads and weather, for example. We show that two non-biophysical variables—newspaper coverage and political pressure—have a significant effect on wildfire suppression costs. Hausman tests showed that newspaper coverage and fire size were endogenous, so regression models were estimated using two-stage least squares. We suggest a number of non-biophysical policy remedies that may be able to reduce wildfire suppression expenditures more cost-effectively than traditional biophysical remedies such as fuel management.

Keywords: endogeneity, forestry, media coverage, political influence

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Donovan, Geoffrey H; Prestemon, Jeffrey P; Gebert, Krista 2011. The effect of newspaper coverage and political pressure on wildfire suppression costs. Society and Natural Resources. 24(8):785-798.


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