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Patricia A. Champ

Patricia A. Champ

Economist
240 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: 970-498-2563


Current Research

My research focuses on three broad areas: Economic Valuation Methods, Economic and Social Analysis of Natural Hazards (wildfire, invasive species and climate change), and Measurement of Public Preferences, Attitudes and Behaviors. Within the realm of economic valuation methods, I largely focus on nonmarket valuation techniques. I have conducted many studies to investigate the validity of nonmarket valuation techniques. I have also been involved in nonmarket valuation applications to investigate a wide range of environmental questions. For example, I have recently conducted a series of studies that consider different nonmarket valuation approaches to measuring the economic costs associated with exposure to wildfire smoke. In addition to nonmarket valuation, I am interested in how and why humans adapt to natural hazards. I also focus on survey research techniques for measuring preferences and attitudes.

Research Interests

My interests include validity issues associated with nonmarket valuation methods, survey research issues, allocation mechanisms for recreational opportunities on public lands, and issues associated with institutional arrangements and incentives. Economic valuation of natural resources. Environmental, economic, and institutional aspects of water resource management.

Past Research

Management for the 'greatest good for the greatest number in the long run' requires knowledge about what the 'greatest good' is. In the context of managing environmental amenities, the value of benefits (good) are rarely captured in markets. Therefore nonmarket valuation is essential to understand how management decisions affect the public or how costs compare to benefits. This fact is particularly evident in the current interest in valuing ecosystem services. Research on nonmarket values is essential to improve our understanding of public preferences related to management of environmental amenities. In much of my nonmarket valuation research studies, I strive to improve the valuation techniques themselves. In the context of applications, I work to provide better information about the value of a specific good or program. In the area of natural hazards, the nexus of hazards and humans is where disasters occur. This is particularly evident in recent wildfires where damage to homes and impacts on humans have been substantial. My research aims to provide an understanding of the human/natural hazard nexus in an effort to develop information that can be used to develop better programs and policies.

Why This Research is Important

My past research includes: 1) a series of studies on the validity of nonmarket valuation techniques. 2) an edited book (A Primer on Nonmarket Valuation) that is one of the few books on nonmarket valuation that is accessible to a broad audience. 3) A suite of studies on wildfire and homeowners living in the wildland urban interface.

Education

  • University of Wisconsin, BA Economics and International Relations, 1984
  • University of Wisconsin, MA Economics, 1987
  • University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. Agricultural and Applied Economics, 1994

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Last updated on : 09/30/2014