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Water and Australia’s future economic growth


  • Rowan Roberts

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

  • Nicole Mitchell

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

  • Justin Douglas

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)


Water is critical not only to life, but also to economic growth and environmental outcomes. This article examines how water in Australia is currently allocated and used, and explores some of the consequences of current water management arrangements.

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  • Rowan Roberts & Nicole Mitchell & Justin Douglas, 2006. "Water and Australia’s future economic growth," Economic Roundup, The Treasury, Australian Government, issue 1, pages 53-69, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:tsy:journl:journl_tsy_er_2006_1_2

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    1. Lan Lu & David Hedley, 2004. "The impact of the 2002-03 drought on the economy and agricultural employment," Economic Roundup, The Treasury, Australian Government, issue 1, pages 25-43, April.
    2. Peterson, Deborah C. & Dwyer, Gavan & Appels, David & Fry, Jane, 2004. "Modelling Water Trade in the Southern Murray-Darling Basin," Staff Working Papers 31925, Productivity Commission.
    3. Dwyer, Gavan & Loke, Paul & Appels, David & Stone, Susan F. & Peterson, Deborah C., 2005. "Integrating rural and urban water markets in south east Australia: Preliminary analysis," Conference/Workshop Proceedings 31909, Productivity Commission.
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    water; economic growth; water allocation; water use; water markets;

    JEL classification:

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


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