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

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  • David Adamson

    (Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland)

  • Thilak Mallawaarachchi

    (Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland)

  • John Quiggin

    (Risk & Sustainable Management Group, School of Economics, University of Queensland)

Abstract

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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  • David Adamson & Thilak Mallawaarachchi & John Quiggin, 2006. "State-contingent modelling of the Murray Darling Basin: implications for the design of property rights," Murray-Darling Program Working Papers WP2M06, Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland.
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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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