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State-contingent modelling of the Murray Darling Basin: implications for the design of property rights

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  • Adamson, David
  • Mallawaarachchi, Thilak
  • Quiggin, John

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Questions relating to the allocation and management of risk have played a central role in the development of the National Water Initiative, particularly as it has applied to the Murray-Darling Basin. The central issues of efficiency and equity in allocations are best understood by considering water licenses as bundles of state-contingent claims. The interaction of property rights and uncertainty regarding water flows, production and output prices is modelled using a state-contingent representation of production under uncertainty. The role of technology and investment in the determination of efficient adaptation strategies to manage risks is explored using an illustrative example.

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  • Adamson, David & Mallawaarachchi, Thilak & Quiggin, John, 2006. "State-contingent modelling of the Murray Darling Basin: implications for the design of property rights," Risk and Sustainable Management Group Working Papers 149856, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uqsers:149856
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.149856
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    5. Donna Brennan, 2006. "Water policy reform in Australia: lessons from the Victorian seasonal water market ," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 50(3), pages 403-423, September.
    6. Peggy Schrobback & David Adamson & John Quiggin, 2011. "Turning Water into Carbon: Carbon Sequestration and Water Flow in the Murray–Darling Basin," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 49(1), pages 23-45, May.

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    Environmental Economics and Policy; Risk and Uncertainty;

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    • Q24 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Land
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water

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