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The Economics of Water Management in Developing Countries Problems, Principles and Policies

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  • Koundouri, Phoebe
  • Pashardes, Panos
  • Swanson, Timothy
  • Xepapadeas, Anastasios

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The increasing scarcity of water resources (in terms of quantity and quality) is one of the most pervasive natural resource allocation issues facing development planners throughout the world.This problem is especially prevalent in less developed countries where the management of this valuable resource has become a critical policy concern.This authoritative new volume outlines the fundamental principles and difficulties that characterise this challenging task. The authors begin by detailing the significant problems of water management which are specific to developing countries. In particular, they highlight the political economy of water management in the context of both pricing and institutional reform. Five case studies from a variety of developing countries extend these themes and examine other important issues such as water markets, irrigation and the measurement of groundwater scarcity. Finally, using Cyprus as an example, the authors demonstrate the manner in which improved water management policies can be implemented in a developing country.This final part serves to illustrate the policy solutions to the problems laid out in earlier chapters.

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  • Koundouri, Phoebe & Pashardes, Panos & Swanson, Timothy & Xepapadeas, Anastasios, 2003. "The Economics of Water Management in Developing Countries Problems, Principles and Policies," MPRA Paper 38137, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Erik Ansink & Carmen Marchiori, 2015. "Reallocating Water: An Application of Sequential Sharing Rules to Cyprus," Water Economics and Policy (WEP), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 1(04), pages 1-22, December.
    2. Rim Lahmandi-Ayed & Mohamed Matoussi, 2018. "Short and Long term Effects of Water Markets," Working Papers hal-01863372, HAL.
    3. Gill, Tania & Punt, Cecilia, 2010. "The Potential Impact of Increased Irrigation Water Tariffs in South Africa," 2010 AAAE Third Conference/AEASA 48th Conference, September 19-23, 2010, Cape Town, South Africa 96425, African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE).
    4. Phoebe Koundouri, "undated". "Design and Implementation of an Integrated Water Management Approach," DEOS Working Papers 0501, Athens University of Economics and Business.
    5. Groom, Ben & Koundouri, Phoebe & Swanson, Timothy, 2005. "Cost–benefit analysis and efficient water allocation in Cyprus," MPRA Paper 38441, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Phoebe Koundouri, "undated". "Current issues in the economics of groundwater resource management," DEOS Working Papers 0402, Athens University of Economics and Business.
    7. 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.
    8. Phoebe Koundouri & Ben Groom, 2002. "Groundwater Management: An Overview of Hydro-geology, Economic Values and Principles of Management," DEOS Working Papers 0203, Athens University of Economics and Business.
    9. Stefanos Xenarios & Heracles Polatidis & Matthew McCartney & Attila Nemes, 2015. "Developing a User-Based Decision-Aid Framework for Water Storage Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Blue Nile Basin in Ethiopia," Water Economics and Policy (WEP), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 1(04), pages 1-30, December.
    10. Xenarios, Stefanos & McCartney, Matthew, 2011. "Economic assessment of water storage for adaptation to climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa," Conference Papers h044343, International Water Management Institute.
    11. 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.

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    Keywords

    Economics of Water Management; Developing Countries;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water

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