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Economics of Water Resources: From Regulation to Privatization

  • Authors
  • Nicolas Spulber
  • Asghar Sabbaghi

Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. The Analytical Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nicolas Spulber, Asghar Sabbaghi
      Pages 3-13
    3. Nicolas Spulber, Asghar Sabbaghi
      Pages 15-35
    4. Nicolas Spulber, Asghar Sabbaghi
      Pages 37-54
    5. Nicolas Spulber, Asghar Sabbaghi
      Pages 55-73
  3. Interaction of Water Quantity and Quality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-76
    2. Nicolas Spulber, Asghar Sabbaghi
      Pages 77-99
    3. Nicolas Spulber, Asghar Sabbaghi
      Pages 101-148
    4. Nicolas Spulber, Asghar Sabbaghi
      Pages 149-172
  4. Instruments in Water Resource Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Nicolas Spulber, Asghar Sabbaghi
      Pages 175-193
    3. Nicolas Spulber, Asghar Sabbaghi
      Pages 195-219
    4. Nicolas Spulber, Asghar Sabbaghi
      Pages 221-245
    5. Nicolas Spulber, Asghar Sabbaghi
      Pages 247-272
  5. Summary and Conclusions

    1. Nicolas Spulber, Asghar Sabbaghi
      Pages 273-287
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 289-329

About this book

Introduction

The purpose of this book is to develop a general economic model which integrates the quantity and quality issues of water resource management and to provide, along with a detailed criticism of the policy instruments now in use, alternative proposals concerning the efficient allocation and distribution of water. In particular we treat water as a multi-product commodity where the market plays a major role in determining water quality-discriminant pricing and its value to the user. We examine the process of moving from administrative allocation and regulation to privatization of the water industry as the key element in promoting effective competition and in providing economic incentives for greater efficiency. Water quantity and quality, considered independently of each other, have been the subject of numerous studies during the last twenty years. Let us recall briefly the most outstanding among them. A variety of models have been constructed concerning the optimal scheduling and sequence of water-supply projects: dynamic programming for solving multi-bjective functions in water resource development; planning models for coordinating regional water-resource supply and demand, etc. Other studies have devised water-quality management models, including multi-period design of regional or municipal wastewater systems; cost-allocation methods to induce effluent dischargers to participate in regional water systems; models to predict the quality of effluent (in particular, whether it meets certain established standards); models for finding optimal waste-removal policies at each of the polluting sources, and so on.

Keywords

Water Resources Water resource management Water resources management environment water

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-8321-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-015-8323-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8321-3
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