I am an economist with research interests at the intersection of public policy, human health, and the natural environment. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. My research focuses on wildfire management in the wildland urban interface, the impact of human behavior on infectious disease management, and impacts of air quality on human health. You can find links to my work on Google Scholar and Repec. Visit my research page for links and information to current projects. Please contact me if you are interested in my research and/or considering CSU for grad school.

Contact Information:Department of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsColorado State UniversityFort Collins, CO 80523-1172(970) 491-2836jbayham@colostate.edu

New review paper on the economics of wildfire with an excellent group of collaborators. I enjoyed reading and rereading the wide array of contributions economics has made to our understanding of wildfire management. And yet, there are still sizable gaps in our understanding. Multidisciplinary collaborations are key to making real progress on some of the most pressing questions.

Resource Allocation Under Fire

The map below is from my paper in Land Economics with Jon Yoder titled Resource Allocation Under Fire. Our results suggest that fires that threaten to damage homes receive more suppression resources, which likely leads to higher costs. We overlay large wildfires in California (2000-2010) and projected growth in housing density (from Silvis Lab) to simulate the additional suppression resource use and associated cost. The simulation suggests that housing-induced fire suppression costs could rise by as much as $24 million/year (excluding the expected cost increases due to climate change).

Display the data by activating the layers in the upper right corner. Hover over the fires with a red halo for more information.

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[Figure 2 in Resource Allocation Under Fire] The map displays large fires in California that occurred between 2000 and 2010 and projected housing density growth in 2030 (relative to 2000). The ignition point of each fire is represented by a black dot (select the layers to display). Fires with an additional 1000 threatened homes expected in 2030 are indicated by a red dot. Hover over the red dots to see the predicted cost increases. Housing data from: Hammer, R.B., S.I. Stewart, R.L. Winkler, V.C. Radeloff, and P.R. Voss. 2004. “Characterizing Dynamic Spatial and Temporal Residential Density Patterns from 1940–1990 Across the North Central United States.” Landscape and Urban Planning 69(2-3):183–199.