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Water Allocation Under Distribution Losses: Comparing Alternative Institutions

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  • Chakravorty, Ujjayant

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    (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)

  • Hochman, Eithan

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    (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

  • Umetsu, Chieko

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    (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)

  • Zilberman, David

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    (University of California at Berkeley)

Abstract

The distribution of water resources is characterized by increasing returns to scale. Distribution systems link water generation to its end-use. Standard economic analysis overlooks the interaction among these micro-markets - generation, distribution and end-use. We compare water allocation when there is market power in each micro-market. These outcomes are compared with benchmark cases - social planning and a competitive business-as-usual regime. Simulations suggest that institutions with market power in generation and end-use generate significantly higher welfare than the distribution monopoly and the competitive regime. However, if the policy goal is to maximize the size of the grid, a distribution monopoly is preferred.

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Paper provided by University of Alberta, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2009-8.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 01 Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ris:albaec:2009_008

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Keywords: infrastructure; market power; spatial models; vertical integration; water markets;

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  1. Chakravorty, Ujjayant & Umetsu, Chieko, 2003. "Basinwide water management: a spatial model," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 45(1), pages 1-23, January.
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  1. Ansink, Erik & Houba, Harold, 2012. "Market power in water markets," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 64(2), pages 237-252.
  2. Erik Ansink & Harold Houba, 2010. "Market Power in Water Markets," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 10-054/1, Tinbergen Institute, revised 16 May 2011.

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