Author spotlight: Robert Niehaus

Dr. Niehaus is widely recognized for his expertise in the economics of military housing, water resources, and environmental quality. His firm, RDN, is an economic consulting company based in Santa Barbara, CA ( and specializes in regional and resource economic analysis for public/private agencies and utilities. For more information, please call (805) 618-2977 or email

The Montecito Debris Flow One Year Later: Housing Market Impact and Recovery
By Robert Niehaus   |   April 4, 2019

The Thomas Fire and subsequent debris flow on 9 January 2018 devastated portions of Montecito and surrounding communities. The debris flow killed 23 people and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and commercial properties. As of April 2018, insurance claims total $421.9 million, including 107 homes declared total losses (California Department of Insurance, 2018). Those […]