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Factor Price Risk and the Diffusion of Conservation Technology: Evidence from the Water Industry

  • Georgina Moreno

    (Scripps College)

  • David Sunding

    (UC - Berkeley)

The paper examines the influence of factor price risk on factor-use efficiency through the adoption of conservation technology. The effect of a mean-preserving increase in factor price risk on optimal input-use efficiency is shown to be conditional on the own-price elasticity of factor use evaluated at the initial equilibrium. The conceptual analysis indicates that that there may be a discrepancy between the aggregate and firm-level effects of price risk on efficiency. Theoretical results are tested and confirmed using a unique data set from the water industry.

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Paper provided by Claremont Colleges in its series Claremont Colleges Working Papers with number 2001-36.

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Date of creation: Dec 2001
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Handle: RePEc:clm:clmeco:2001-36
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