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Price and Income Elasticities of Residential Water Demand: A Meta-Analysis

  • Jasper M. Dalhuisen
  • Raymond J. G. M. Florax
  • JHenri L. F. de Groot
  • Peter Nijkamp

This article presents a meta-analysis of variations in price and income elasticities of residential water demand. Meta-analysis constitutes an adequate tool to synthesize research results by means of an analysis of the variation in empirical estimates reported in the literature. We link the variation in estimated elasticities to differences in theoretical microeconomic choice approaches, differences in spatial and temporal dynamics, as well as differences in research design of the underlying studies. The occurrence of increasing or decreasing block rate systems turns out to be important. With respect to price elasticities, the use of the discrete-continuous choice approach is relevant in explaining observed differences.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 79 (2003)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 292-308

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:79:y:2003:i:2:p:292-308
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