On the Prevalence of Forest Fires in Spain
6 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2019
Date Written: November 25, 2019
We study the risk that a Spanish forest tree be lost to fire over a year. We first show that climate change over Spain makes this event more likely. Next, we document how risk grew dramatically from 1961 up to the democratic era (c. 1980) and has since receded to less than 2 trees lost per thousand. We offer a socio-economic explanation of this reversed trend. Our finding are shown to be commensurate with the same risk measured in other Mediterranean countries, albeit less precisely.
Keywords: Forest Fire, Disaster, Climate Change
JEL Classification: Q54, D81, G22, O20
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