The Wibe Prize: Ceremony and Lecture

webb Poster Wibe Prize


In recent decades, large wildfire events have become common around the globe. Wildfires result into a multitude of environmental, social, and economic impacts. Among those impacts include increased carbon emissions and impacts on fauna and flora, wildlife habitat, recreation, tourism, water quality, property values, and human health. A good understanding of both short and long-term impacts of wildfires is essential for efficient policy formulation, wildfire management, and management of natural resources in affected areas. While health issues have been included in the environmental economics literature in the past, a rigorous examination of human health effects from wildfire exposure has remained a relative unstudied topic in forest economics.

This paper is a well-structured, well-written, and innovative piece of empirical research to quantify economic cost of health effects associated with wildfire smoke exposure. The paper applies, for the first time, the defensive behavior method to calculate the willingness to pay for a reduction in one wildfire smoke induced symptom day. The use of the defensive behavior method is demonstrated through a case study of individuals exposed to wildfire smoke from one of California's largest wildfires. The paper expands the number of issues relevant to forest management within the widely explored topic of wildfires.

The paper is based on a sound economic theory and represents a competent application of econometric techniques to genuine data on wildfire impacts. The analysis is rooted exceptionally well in economic theory and previous literature and the discussion of the results is particularly insightful. One can expect that the approach outlined in this paper will help the decision makers to improve the efficiency of fire management policies.

The 2014 Prize Selection Committee comprised of: Shashi Kant, Markku Ollikainen and David Newman (chair).

Thanks to the support of Sören Wibe's family, Elsevier, and the Department of Forest Economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the prize winners will receive a cash amount of EUR 2 000, and are invited to give a lecture at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Sören Wibe Prize

The Sören Wibe Prize was established in 2011 in honour of Professor Sören Wibe (1946-2010), the founder of Journal of Forest Economics. The prize is awarded biennially to an article that presents a significant contribution to the field of forest economics. Any article published in the Journal of Forest Economics during the two preceding years is eligible for this prize. The winning article is selected by an independent international committee consisting of three experts in the fields of forest and environmental economics.

Seminar: Energy research and social benefits

Welcome to a seminar regarding the Swedish Energy Agency's research program in energy system!

At the seminar, research at the Swedish Energy Agency within energy systems area will be presented. The seminar is organized in cooperation with CERE. (only in Swedish)

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Energy for growth – what’s needed?

We consume about the same amount of energy as we did in the 1970s due to increased prices and taxes that led to structural changes and technical development. The pulp and paper industries are amongst them who improved their energy efficiency the most and wind power is really the only energy source that's arisen. However the energy supply has not increased.

Spring PhD courses

Do you wish to learn about solving environmental issues using GAMS? Throw yourself into the Economics of Forest Resource Management or immerse in micro and macro?
Here you find all the interesting courses that are given at our Departments this spring.

Flexibility in demand, a matter for the Minister of Energy

Foto Mattias PetterssonThe Swedish Energy Market Inspectorate report "En elmarknad i förändring – Är kundernas flexibilitet till salu eller ens verklig?" (A changing electricity market – Are the customers flexibility for sale or even real?) had reached the Minister of Energy, Ibrahim Baylan, at the Ministry of the Environment. Therefore, at a visit to Umeå University, some of the authors gave them a closer look.

Photo Mattias Pettersson

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