Patricia A. Champ
240 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Contact Patricia A. Champ
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.
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.
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.
- 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
Featured Publications & Products
- Meldrum, James R.; Champ, Patricia A.; Bond, Craig A. 2011. Valuing the forest for the trees: Willingness to pay for white pine blister rust management.
- Bond, Craig A.; Champ, Patricia; Meldrum, James; Schoettle, Anna. 2011. Investigating the optimality of proactive management of an invasive forest pest.
- Ready, Richard C.; Champ, Patricia A.; Lawton, Jennifer L. 2010. Using respondent uncertainty to mitigate hypothetical bias in a stated choice experiment.
- Kochi, Ikuho; Donovan, Geoffrey H.; Champ, Patricia A.; Loomis, John B. 2010. The economic cost of adverse health effects from wildfire-smoke exposure: A review.
- Champ, Patricia A.; Flores, Nicholas; Brenkert-Smith, Hannah. 2010. Living with wildfire in Colorado.
Publications & Products
- Gebert, Krista; Jones, Greg; Champ, Patty; Czaja, Mike; Oliver, Chuck; Cruz, Paul E.; Clement, Jessica. 2014. Beetles among us: Social and economic impacts of the MPB epidemic [Chapter 6].
- Rosenberger, Randall S.; Bell, Lauren A.; Champ, Patricia A.; White, Eric M. 2013. Estimating the economic value of recreation losses in Rocky Mountain National Park due to a mountain pine beetle outbreak.
- Meldrum, James R.; Champ, Patricia A.; Bond, Craig A. 2013. Heterogeneous nonmarket benefits of managing white pine bluster rust in high-elevation pine forests.
- Maher, Kimberley; Little, Joseph; Champ, Patricia A. 2013. Insights from a harvest trip model for non-timber forest products in the interior of Alaska.
- Champ, Patricia A.; Donovan, Geoffrey H.; Barth, Christopher M. 2013. Living in a tinderbox: wildfire risk perceptions and mitigating behaviours.
- Meldrum, James R.; Barth, Christopher M.; Falk, Lilia Colter; Brenkert-Smith, Hannah; Warziniack, Travis; Champ, Patricia. 2013. Living with wildfire in Log Hill Mesa, Colorado.
- Brenkert-Smith, Hannah; Dickinson, Katherine L.; Champ, Patricia A.; Flores, Nicholas. 2013. Social amplification of wildfire risk: The role of social interactions and information sources.
- Brenkert-Smith, Hannah; Champ, Patricia A.; Telligman, Amy L. 2013. Understanding change: Wildfire in Boulder County, Colorado.
- Brenkert-Smith, Hannah; Champ, Patricia A. 2013. Understanding change: Wildfire in Larimer County, Colorado.
- Nawrotzki, Raphael J.; Brenkert-Smith, Hannah; Hunter, Lori M.; Champ, Patricia A. 2013. Wildfire-migration dynamics: Lessons from Colorado's Fourmile Canyon Fire.
- Ham, Charlotte; Champ, Patricia A.; Loomis, John B.; Reich, Robin M. 2012. Accounting for heterogeneity of public lands in hedonic property models.
- Meyer, Kristen E.; Dwire, Kathleen A.; Champ, Patricia A.; Ryan, Sandra E.; Riegel, Gregg M.; Burton, Timothy A. 2012. Burning questions for managers: Fuels management practices in riparian areas.
- Rosenberger, Randall S.; Bell, Lauren A.; Champ, Patricia A.; Smith, Eric. L. 2012. Nonmarket economic values of forest insect pests: An updated literature review.
- Richardson, Leslie A.; Champ, Patricia A.; Loomis, John B. 2012. The hidden cost of wildfires: Economic valuation of health effects of wildfire smoke exposure in southern California.
- Kochi, Ikuho; Champ, Patricia A.; Loomis, John B.; Donovan, Geoffrey H. 2012. Valuing mortality impacts of smoke exposure from major southern California wildfires.
- Brenkert-Smith, Hannah; Champ, Patricia A. 2011. Fourmile Canyon: Living with wildfire.
- Champ, Patricia A.; Brenkert-Smith, Hannah; Flores, Nicholas. 2011. Living with wildfire in Boulder County, Colorado, 2007.
- Champ, Patricia A.; Brenkert-Smith, Hannah; Flores, Nicholas. 2011. Living with wildfire in Larimer County, Colorado, 2007.
- Moore, Rebecca; Bishop, Richard C.; Provencher, Bill; Champ, Patricia A. 2010. Accounting for respondent uncertainty to improve willingness-to-pay estimates.
- Champ, Patricia Ann; Donovan, Geoffrey H.; Barth, Christopher M. 2010. Homebuyers and wildfire risk: A Colorado Springs case study.
- Champ, Patricia A.; Moore, Rebecca; Bishop, Richard C. 2009. A comparison of approaches to mitigate hypothetical bias.
- Donovan, Geoffrey; Champ, Patricia. 2009. The Economic Benefits of Elk Viewing at the Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area in Oregon.
- Champ, Patricia; Donovan, Geoffrey; Barth, Christopher. 2008. Wildfire risk and home purchase decisions..
- Duffield, John W.; Neher, Chris J.; Patterson, David A.; Champ, Patricia A. 2007. Field testing existence values for riparian ecosystems.
- Donovan, Geoffrey H.; Champ, Patricia A.; Butry, David T. 2007. Measuring the efficacy of a wildfire education program in Colorado Springs.
- Donovan, Geoffrey H.; Champ, Patricia A.; Butry, David T. 2007. Wildfire risk and housing prices: a case study from colorado springs.
- Brooks, Jeffrey J.; Champ, Patricia A. 2006. Understanding the wicked nature of "unmanaged recreation" in Colorado's Front Range.
- Brenkert, Hannah; Champ, Patricia; Flores, Nicholas. 2005. Mitigation of wildfire risk by homeowners.
- Champ, Patricia A.; Alberini, Anna; Correas, Ignacio. 2005. Using contingent valuation to value a noxious weeds control program: the effects of including an unsure response category.
- Champ, Patricia A.; Flores, Nicholas E.; Brown, Thomas C.; Chivers, James. 2002. Contingent valuation and incentives.
- Loomis, John B.; Peterson, George; Champ, Patricia A.; Brown, Thomas C.; Lucero, Beatrice. 1998. Paired comparison estimates of willingness to accept versus contingent valuation estimates of willingness to pay.
- Champ, Patricia A.; Loomis, John B. 1998. WTA estimates using the method of paired comparison: tests of robustness.
- Poe, Gregory L.; Welsh, Michael P.; Champ, Patricia A. 1997. Measuring the difference in mean willingness to pay when dichotomous choice contingent valuation responses are not independent.
- Champ, Patricia A.; Bishop, Richard C.; Brown, Thomas C.; McCollum, Daniel W. 1997. Using donation mechanisms to value nonuse benefits from public goods.
- Brown, Thomas C.; Champ, Patricia A.; Bishop, Richard C.; McCollum, Daniel W. 1996. Which response format reveals the truth about donations to a public good?.