Workshop Series

As the premier research institute for studying the application of property rights and markets, PERC’s workshop series advance the ideas of free market environmentalism (FME) by exposing more scholars, policy makers, and environmentalists to FME. The workshop series also serves as a means of finding new applications of property rights and markets to environmental issues.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Politics and Economics of Wildfire Policy

Each summer wildfires burn hundreds of thousands of acres, destroy property, and too often injure or kill people while costing millions to control. Variations in climate, increased fuel loads due to decades of fire prevention, and budget constraints combine to make wildfire policy more and more contentious, even as we gain knowledge about fire's beneficial effects. 

The Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) and the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management are sponsoring a conference on “The Politics and Economics of Wildfire Policy.” We seek seven papers from the fields of economics, political science, law, and related disciplines that will consider the science, history, economics, and politics of managing fire-prone landscapes. We are particularly interested in the interface between science, economics, and politics as it affects wildfire management.

The conference will be held at the Bren School, University of California, Santa Barbara on October 27-28, 2014. PERC will pay honoraria and travel stipends to presenters of papers, travel stipends to discussants, and housing and meals to all conference participants. Conference participation is by invitation only. Papers must not have been previously published, but PERC does not claim any publication or other rights to the papers. Please submit a short proposal (2-3 pages) or a copy of the paper itself via email to one of the conference directors:

Sarah Anderson, Bren School, University of California, Santa Barbara,

Terry Anderson, PERC,

Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2014

Please Note: This workshop is by invitation only.

Past Workshops

Law & Economics Center

LEC-PERC Workshop on Environmental Economics for Law Professors

October 2-6, 2013

This workshop will bring together law professors from across the country for a three-day event designed to teach the basic principles of economics and how to apply those principles to a variety of topics taught in environmental, natural resource, and property law courses.

Fish hauled onto a boat

Tackling the Global Fisheries Challenge

November 14-15, 2012

For this workshop, contributors and participants step back and consider the governance framework and challenges of these fisheries.

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