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An Empirical Analysis of Tijuana Water Consumption

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  • Thomas Fullerton

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  • Roberto Tinajero

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  • Jorge Mendoza Cota

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Abstract

This paper examines time series characteristics of water consumption in Tijuana, a large manufacturing center and port city located in Northwestern Mexico. Home to more than 700 maquiladora assembly plants, it is one of the fastest growing metropolitan economies in Mexico. That growth places intense demands on the municipal water grid. Because it is located in a semi-arid region, Tijuana also faces supply constraints. Given the nature of the problems faced by water authorities, this research uses time series econometric techniques to analyze monthly information on grid hook-ups and per meter water consumption. Empirical estimation results are fairly satisfactory. Out-of-sample simulation results are mixed and indicate that care should be used if these equations are employed for planning purposes. Lag structures in the equations do, however, suggest several policy implications with respect to drought surcharges and rate hikes. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2007

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  • Thomas Fullerton & Roberto Tinajero & Jorge Mendoza Cota, 2007. "An Empirical Analysis of Tijuana Water Consumption," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 35(3), pages 357-369, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:35:y:2007:i:3:p:357-369
    DOI: 10.1007/s11293-007-9074-x
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    1. Sidibé, Amadou, 2010. "Demand for soil, water and forest conservation in Burkina Faso," Department of Forest Economics publications 2345, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of forest economics.
    2. Contreras, Sergio & Smith, Wm. Doyle & Fullerton, Thomas M., Jr., 2010. "U.S. commercial electricity consumption," MPRA Paper 34855, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 22 May 2011.
    3. Fullerton, Thomas M. & Juarez, David A. & Walke, Adam G., 2012. "Residential electricity consumption in Seattle," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(5), pages 1693-1699.
    4. Fullerton, Thomas M., Jr. & White, Katherine & Smith, Wm. Doyle & Walke, Adam G., 2012. "An Empirical Analysis of Halifax Municipal Water Consumption," MPRA Paper 54113, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 14 Mar 2013.
    5. Fullerton, Thomas M., Jr. & Ceballos, Alejandro & Walke, Adam G., 2015. "Short-Term Forecasting Analysis for Municipal Water Demand," MPRA Paper 78259, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 04 Aug 2015.

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    Keywords

    Water consumption; Applied econometrics; Mexico; Q25;

    JEL classification:

    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water

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