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Salinity Mitigation in the Murray River System

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  • Quiggin, John C.

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The problem of salinity and proposals to control or ameliorate it have received increasing attention in Australia in recent years. It is generally agreed that inappropriate land and water management practices, such as the excessive use of irrigation water in hydrologically unsuitable areas, are the main cause of the increasing levels of salinity which have been observed over the period of European settlement. If mitigation works are undertaken without regard to the incentive structures which generate these practices, they may encourage an extension of inappropriate land uses and ultimately be ineffectual or even counterproductive. Analysis of these problems requires consideration of some issues which have so far received limited attention in discussions of salinity. These include the incentives which lead farmers to adopt different land management practices and the way in which institutional structures operate to generate these incentives. This change in focus has important implications for areas of analysis such as modelling. In the present paper, a model of the Murray River system, developed by Quiggin (1988a) is applied to the problem of farm responses to mitigation works and the availability of new technologies.

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  • Quiggin, John C., 1991. "Salinity Mitigation in the Murray River System," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 59(01), April.
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    1. M. Ejaz Qureshi & Jeff Connor & Mac Kirby & Mohammed Mainuddin, 2007. "Economic assessment of acquiring water for environmental flows in the Murray Basin ," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 51(3), pages 283-303, September.
    2. David Adamson & Thilak Mallawaarachchi & John Quiggin, 2007. "Water use and salinity in the Murray-Darling Basin: A state-contingent model ," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 51(3), pages 263-281, September.
    3. Adamson, David & Mallawaarachchi, Thilak & Quiggin, John, 2004. "Modelling basin level allocation of water in the Murray Darling Basin in a world of uncertainty," Risk and Sustainable Management Group Working Papers 149844, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    4. Mullen, John D. & Helyar, K.R. & Pagan, Phil, 2000. "Economic and Biological Perspectives on Off-site Effects Associated with Soil Acidification," 2000 Conference (44th), January 23-25, 2000, Sydney, Australia 123709, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    5. Wegener, Malcolm Keith, 1995. "Modelling studies in the Australian sugar industry," Dissertations-Doctoral 253208, AgEcon Search.
    6. Mullen, J. D., 2002. "Farm Management In The 21st Century," 2002 Conference (46th), February 13-15, 2002, Canberra 174072, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    7. Mullen, J.D., 2002. "Farm Management In The 21st Century," Australasian Agribusiness Review, University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, vol. 10.
    8. Bathgate, Andrew D., 2002. "Economic and physical attributes of dryland salinity in NSW: A review," 2002 Conference (46th), February 13-15, 2002, Canberra 125055, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    9. Mullen, John D., 2001. "An Economic Persective On Land Degradation Issues," Research Reports 27999, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Research Economists.

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