Current Issues in the Economics of Water Resource Management: Theory, Applications and Policies / Edition 1

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Water resource management is complicated in practice on account of the diverse nature of the resource and its many uses. This volume reports recent economic research on the theory, practice, and policy of water management. It is distinguished by the number and the range of the applications it considers. Chapters consider problems in the estimation of water demand in residential and agricultural contexts. Efficiency and externality considerations are considered in chapters concerning common aquifers as well as domestic conservation. Management policies are discussed in regard to chemical contamination, reservoir construction, and industrial regulation.

The volume is intended for resource economists, especially those concerned with the management of water resources. It provides insights into the latest research on the economic issues concerning this important resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402005428
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 4/30/2002
  • Series: Economy and Environment Series, #23
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. List of Contributors.
Part 1: Introduction.
Current Issues in the Economics of Water Resource Management: Introduction; P. Pashardes, et al.
Part 2: Demand for Water.
2.1. Residential Demand for Water. Estimating Water Demand under Increasing-Block Tariffs Using Aggregate Data and Proportions of users per Block; R. Martínez-Espiñeira. Long-Run Study of Residential Water Consumption; C. Nauges, A. Thomas. 2.2. Irrigation Water Demand. Evaluating Irrigation Water Demand; C. Bontemps, S. Couture. Hedonic Price Analysis and Selectivity Bias: Water Salinity and Demand for Land; P. Koundouri, P. Pashardes.
Part 3: Water Efficiency.
3.1. Measurement of Water Efficiency. Measuring Irrigation Water Efficiency with a Shastic Production Frontier: An Application to Greek Out-Of-Season Vegetable Cultivation; G. Karagiannis, et al. 3.2. Efficient Use and Management of Water. Strategic Behavior and Efficiency in the Common Property Extraction of Groundwater; S.J. Rubio, B. Casino. Demand-Side Technology Standards under Inefficient Pricing Regimes: Are They Effective Water Conservation Tools in the Long-Run? C. Timmins.
Part 4: Water Management Policies.
4.1. Water as Multifaceted Resource – Horizontal Management Considerations. Joint Quantity/Quality Management of Groundwater; C.R. Palma. Missing Markets and Redundant Reservoirs: Dams as a Consequence of Inefficient Groundwater Management Policies; B. Groom, T. Swanson. 4.2. Water as an Industrial Management Problem – Vertical Considerations. Regulation of Public Utilities under Asymmetric Information: The Case of Municipal Water Supply in France; S. Garcia, A. Thomas. 4.3. Water Policy and Water Practice – Second Best. Policy Instruments for Groundwater Management for Agriculture and Nature in the Netherlands; P.J.G.J. Hellegers, E.C. van Ierland.

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