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Cost�benefit analysis and efficient water allocation in Cyprus


  • Ben Groom
  • Phoebe Koundouri
  • Timothy Swanson


The scarcity of water resources in both arid and temperate countries alike is one of the most pervasive natural resource allocation problems facing water users and policy-makers. In arid countries this problem is faced each day in the myriad of conflicts that surround its use.Water scarcity is a fact with which all countries have to become increasingly involved. Water scarcity occurs across many dimensions. First, there is growing demand for water in residential, industrial and agricultural sectors stemming largely from population and economic growth. Secondly, supply-side augmentation options have become increasingly constrained and restrictively costly in many countries. In combination, demand growth and supply-side interventions have stretched current water availability to its hydrological limits. In addition to these quantity constraints, the limits to the assimilative capacity of water resources for human and industrial waste have been reached in many places, and the quality of freshwater has been degraded (Winpenny, 1994).

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  • Ben Groom & Phoebe Koundouri & Timothy Swanson, "undated". "Cost�benefit analysis and efficient water allocation in Cyprus," DEOS Working Papers 0502, Athens University of Economics and Business.
  • Handle: RePEc:aue:wpaper:0502

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    1. Phoebe Koundouri & Panos Pashardes & Timothy Swanson & Anastasios Xepapadeas, "undated". "The Economics of Water Management in Developing Countries Problems, Principles and Policies," DEOS Working Papers 0302, Athens University of Economics and Business.
    2. Hajispyrou, Soteroula & Koundouri, Phoebe & Pashardes, Panos, 2002. "Household demand and welfare: implications of water pricing in Cyprus," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 7(04), pages 659-685, October.
    3. Koundouri, Phoebe, 2000. "Three approaches to measuring natural resource scarcity: theory and application to groundwater," MPRA Paper 38265, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Phoebe Koundouri & Panos Pashardes, 2003. "Hedonic Price Analysis and Selectivity Bias," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 26(1), pages 45-56, September.
    5. Phoebe Koundouri & Panos Pashardes & Timothy M. Swanson & Anastasios Xepapadeas (ed.), 2003. "The Economics of Water Management in Developing Countries," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 2846.
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    Water allocation; cost-benefit analysis; Cyprus;

    JEL classification:

    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics


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