Time-Consistent Fair Water Sharing Agreements

  • Rodney Beard
  • Stuart McDonald
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Abstract

Scarcity of water has become a major issue facing many nations around the world. To improve the efficiency of water usage there has been considerable interest in recent years in trading water. A major issue in trading water rights is the problem of how an allocation system can be designed in perpetuity that also has desirable properties at each point of time. This is an issue of the time consistency of the contract to trade water. In this chapter we develop a model of dynamic recontracting of water rights and study time consistency properties of the resultant contracts using the ideas of Filar and Petrosjan [7].

Key words

Dynamic cooperative games water sharing agreements time consistency of contracts 

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© Birkhäuser Boston 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rodney Beard
    • 1
  • Stuart McDonald
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Economics and the ARC Centre for Complex SystemsThe University of QueenslandQueenslandAustralia

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