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Murray River Salinity—An Illustrative Model

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Salinity problems have received increasing attention in recent years. This article addresses irrigation-related salinity in Australia's Murray River system. Analysis of these problems involves a number of issues which have so far received limited attention in discussions of salinity. These include farmers' incentives to adopt different land management practices and the structure of property rights. This article describes a model, based on concepts of common property, which has been developed to illustrate how different institutional structures can affect farm land use decisions and salinity-related problems. It is shown that open access solutions imply social welfare losses, and that procedures used in the past are likely to lead to underestimates of these losses.

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  • John Quiggin, 1988. "Murray River Salinity—An Illustrative Model," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 70(3), pages 635-645.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:70:y:1988:i:3:p:635-645.
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    1. 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.
    2. Alex Coram & Lyle Noakes, 2009. "The optimal extraction of water along an arbitrarily configured river system," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 53(2), pages 251-264, April.
    3. David Adamson & Thilak Mallawaarachchi & John Quiggin, 2009. "Declining inflows and more frequent droughts in the Murray-Darling Basin: climate change, impacts and adaptation ," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 53(3), pages 345-366, July.
    4. M. A. Samad Azad & Tihomir Ancev, 2016. "Economics of Salinity Effects from Irrigated Cotton: An Efficiency Analysis," Water Economics and Policy (WEP), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 2(01), pages 1-24, March.
    5. Spencer, Thomas & Ancev, Tihomir, 2006. "Offsetting with Salinity Credits: An Alternative to Irrigation Zoning," 2006 Annual Meeting, August 12-18, 2006, Queensland, Australia 25517, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    6. Quiggin, John C., 2001. "Environmental economics and the Murray-Darling river system," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 0(Issue 1), pages 1-28.
    7. Pincus, Jonathan J., 2002. "Environmental economics and the Murray–Darling: Comment," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 0(Issue 4), pages 1-8.
    8. LaFrance, Jeffrey T., 1992. "Do Increased Commodity Prices Lead To More Or Less Soil Degradation?," Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 36(01), April.
    9. Asad Falsafi Zadeh, Neda & Sabouhi Sabouni, Mahmood, 2009. "Determination of Optimal Environmental Flow Acquisition in Kor Basin, Doroudzan Dam," 2009 Conference, August 16-22, 2009, Beijing, China 50258, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    10. Mjelde, James W. & Dixon, Bruce L. & Sonka, Steven T., 1989. "Estimating The Value Of Sequential Updating Solutions For Intrayear Crop Management," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 0(Number 1), pages 1-8, July.
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    12. Gyles, Oliver, 2003. "Valuing Benefits of Increasing Irrigation Water Use Efficiency," 2003 Conference (47th), February 12-14, 2003, Fremantle, Australia 57880, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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