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Monopoly Power and Distribution in Fragmented Markets: The Case of Groundwater

  • HANAN G. JACOBY
  • RINKU MURGAI
  • SAEED REHMAN

This paper examines monopoly power in the market for groundwater (irrigation water extracted by private tubewells), a market characterized by barriers to entry and spatial fragmentation. In Pakistan's Punjab region, groundwater and tenancy contracts are often interlinked, with share-tenants gaining access to water through the use of their landlord's tubewell. An analysis of groundwater transactions shows that tenants of tubewell owners are charged lower prices than other customers. Tubewell owners and their tenants also use considerably more groundwater on their plots than other farmers. Using detailed price and quantity data, the efficiency and distributional implications of this monopoly power are explored. Copyright 2004 The Review of Economic Studies Ltd.

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Volume (Year): 71 (2004)
Issue (Month): (07)
Pages: 783-808

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