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The public choice of urban water service management: a multi-criteria approach

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  • Alberto Ruiz-Villaverde

    (Departamento de Economía Aplicada. Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales. Campus de Cartuja, s/n, 18071. GRANADA)

  • Francisco Gónzalez-Gómez

    (Departamento de Economía Aplicada. Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales. Campus de Cartuja, s/n, 18071. GRANADA)

Abstract

Local governments have to take decisions in increasingly complex contexts. Among other decisions, in countries where it is permitted by the legal framework, local policymakers have to choose the type of management of local public services. The importance of the urban water service and the variety of criteria to be considered in the management choice make it advisable that local government should consider the existing tools to rationalize the decision-making. Different Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) facilitates decision-making processes in situations where several criteria must be taken into account. This paper applies an Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to analyze the decision on the urban water service management in Granada, city in southern Spain. An assessment through an ex-post analysis is aimed to conclude whether the choice was appropriate and, therefore, whether or not the City Council should reconsider its past decision. The main conclusion is that the decision was consistent.

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Paper provided by Department of Applied Economics II, Universidad de Valencia in its series Working Papers with number 1101.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2011
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Handle: RePEc:eec:wpaper:1101

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Keywords: Urban water management; public choice; Multi-criteria analysis; Analytic Hierarchy Process equation; Spanish regions;

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  1. Jorge Martinez-Vazquez & Andrey Timofeev, 2008. "A fiscal perspective of state rescaling," Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Cambridge Political Economy Society, vol. 2(1), pages 85-105.
  2. Stéphane Saussier & Claude Ménard, 2000. "Contractual Choice and Performance the Case of Water Supply in France," Revue d'Économie Industrielle, Programme National Persée, vol. 92(1), pages 385-404.
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  1. Alberto Ruiz-Villaverde & Andrés J. Picazo-Tadeo & Francisco González-Gómez, 2013. "The “social choice” of privatising urban water services: a case study of Madrid in Spain," Working Papers 1322, Department of Applied Economics II, Universidad de Valencia.

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