FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2000 .045

Basinwide Water Management: A Spatial Model

Authors: Ujjayant Chakravorty, Chieko Umetsu
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Type: Journal
Keywords: Water allocation,spatial models,conjunctive use,irrigation technology
JEL n.: Q25,Q15,R30
JEL: Journal of Environmental Economics and Management


This paper develops a spatial model for a water basin that allows for surface water allocation and re-use of the water that is lost. The analytical solution suggests specialisation of production over space - upstream farmers use canal water and downstream farmers pump groundwater that is lost upstream. Groundwater emerges as an endogenous "backstop." The empirical results suggest that when traditional conservation technologies are used, optimisation over the entire basin leads to significant increases in aggregate output, project area and water use. Somewhat counter-intuitively, rents from water decrease if farmers switch from traditional to modern irrigation technology.

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