Dr. Steve Dundas on the Economics Governing Coastal Armoring Trends
The lemming effect on shoreline armoring decisions in Oregon
This week, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham have Dr. Steve Dundas on the show to talk about his use of applied economics to model the potential future armoring of private property on the Oregon coast. Dr. Dundas is a professor of Applied Economics at Oregon State University, and works at the OSU Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station. We discuss the current armoring situation on the Oregon coast, including the ramifications of the State's "Goal 18," which values the preservation of unarmored shorelines, and how a weakening of the laws preventing armoring could result in spillover effects resulting in a much faster armoring of the shoreline than previously thought. Where does this lead, and what can the rest of the American Shoreline learn from this interesting research in Oregon? Find out here. Its interesting and wonky, only on ASPN!