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Study Causation Of Fires In Galicia: A Socioeconomic Perspective


  • Barreal Pernas, Jesús
  • Loureiro García, María
  • Picos Martín, Juan


Many research papers analyze forest fires with respect to physical or meteorological characteristics of the burned areas, although not many pay attention to the socio-economic factors that affect the occurrence of forest fires. To fill in this gap in the literature, this work analyzes the impact of socio-economic variables that affect fires occurrence. In order to do so, we employ a baseline linear regression model correcting for heterogeneity across municipalities in Galicia and a Poisson regression. The most remarkable results show the importance of demographic variables, such as population dispersion, as well as the different agricultural land uses. In addition, we show the importance of the geographical component and organization of extinction activities, as well as the economic resources employed in prevention.

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  • Barreal Pernas, Jesús & Loureiro García, María & Picos Martín, Juan, 2011. "Study Causation Of Fires In Galicia: A Socioeconomic Perspective," Revista Galega de Economía, University of Santiago de Compostela. Faculty of Economics and Business., vol. 20(ex).
  • Handle: RePEc:sdo:regaec:v:20:y:2011:i:ex_12

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    Cause-effect; Wildfires; Galicia.;


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