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The Economics of Water Management in Developing Countries Problems, Principles and Policies

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  • Phoebe Koundouri
  • Panos Pashardes
  • Timothy Swanson
  • Anastasios Xepapadeas

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The increasing scarcity of water resources (in terms of quantity and quality) is one of the most pervasive natural resource allocation issues facing development planners throughout the world.This problem is especially prevalent in less developed countries where the management of this valuable resource has become a critical policy concern.This authoritative new volume outlines the fundamental principles and difficulties that characterise this challenging task. The authors begin by detailing the significant problems of water management which are specific to developing countries. In particular, they highlight the political economy of water management in the context of both pricing and institutional reform. Five case studies from a variety of developing countries extend these themes and examine other important issues such as water markets, irrigation and the measurement of groundwater scarcity. Finally, using Cyprus as an example, the authors demonstrate the manner in which improved water anagement policies can be implemented in a developing country.This final part serves to illustrate the policy solutions to the problems laid out in earlier chapters.

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Paper provided by Athens University of Economics and Business in its series DEOS Working Papers with number 0303.

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Keywords: Economics of Water Management; Developing Countries;

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  1. Koundouri, Phoebe, 2005. "Design and Implementation of an Integrated Water Management Approach," MPRA Paper 38440, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Phoebe Koundouri & Panos Pashardes, 2003. "Hedonic Price Analysis and Selectivity Bias," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 26(1), pages 45-56, September.
  3. Phoebe Koundouri, . "Current issues in the economics of groundwater resource management," DEOS Working Papers 0402, Athens University of Economics and Business.
  4. E. Nkwocha, 2009. "Water Supply Deficiency and Implications for Rural Development in the Niger-Delta Region of Nigeria," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 90(3), pages 409-418, February.
  5. Phoebe Koundouri & Babalos Vasilis & Marva Stithou & Anastasiou Ioannis, 2012. "A Micro-Econometric Approach to Deriving Use and Non-Use Values of in-situ Groundwater: The Vosvozis Case Study, Greece," DEOS Working Papers 1212, Athens University of Economics and Business.
  6. Ben Groom & Phoebe Koundouri & Timothy Swanson, . "Cost�benefit analysis and efficient water allocation in Cyprus," DEOS Working Papers 0502, Athens University of Economics and Business.
  7. Groom, Ben & Koundouri, Phoebe & Swanson, Timothy, 2005. "Cost–benefit analysis and efficient water allocation in Cyprus," MPRA Paper 38441, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Gill, Tania & Punt, Cecilia, 2010. "The Potential Impact of Increased Irrigation Water Tariffs in South Africa," 2010 AAAE Third Conference/AEASA 48th Conference, September 19-23, 2010, Cape Town, South Africa 96425, African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) & Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA).

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