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Drought and Optimal Groundwater Managment


  • Amundsen, Eirik S.


This paper considers the problem of a water management authority that is faced with the threat of a drought that will take place at an uncertain date. Three management policies are investigated: i) the laissez-faire policy of automatic regulation through Open Access mechanisms, ii) the policy of keeping a rationed level of water usage until the water table is restored, and iii) an economically optimal policy taking account of the probability of a drought and the fact that water is an asset (a stock of natural capital). In particular, it is shown that the optimal pre-drought steady-state stock of water is smaller than the stock that would be optimal in the no-drought case. Hence, no precautionary stock is built up. However, a more extensive drought period will lead to a larger pre-drought steady-state stock.

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  • Amundsen, Eirik S., 1999. "Drought and Optimal Groundwater Managment," MPRA Paper 10902, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:10902

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    1. Neher,Philip A., 1990. "Natural Resource Economics," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521311748, May.
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    Drought; groundwater; economic management; uncertainty;

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    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water


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