On the Prevalence of Forest Fires in Spain

6 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2019

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Nicolas Boccard

University of Girona - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 25, 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Boccard, Nicolas, On the Prevalence of Forest Fires in Spain (November 25, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3489019 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3489019

Nicolas Boccard (Contact Author)

University of Girona - Department of Economics ( email )

FCEE, Campus de Montilivi
Girona, 17071
Spain

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