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The Queuing Theoretic Approach to Groundwater Management

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  • Batabyal, Amitrajeet A.

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In this paper I propose and develop a new framework for modeling groundwater management issues. Specifically, I apply the methods of queuing theory—for the first time, to the best of my knowledge—to model a groundwater management problem from a long-run perspective. I characterize two simple management regimes as two different kinds of queues and then show how to pose a manager's decision problem as an optimization problem using queuing theoretic techniques. I solve for certain fundamental quantities, such as the expected system size, and then discuss the economic meaning and relevance of the queuing concepts being used. I close by discussing possible extensions to my basic models.

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  • Batabyal, Amitrajeet A., 1995. "The Queuing Theoretic Approach to Groundwater Management," Working Papers 9514, Utah State University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Provencher Bill & Burt Oscar, 1993. "The Externalities Associated with the Common Property Exploitation of Groundwater," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 24(2), pages 139-158, March.
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    1. Batabyal, Amitrajeet A. & Beladi, Hamid, 2006. "International trade and biological invasions: A queuing theoretic analysis of the prevention problem," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 170(3), pages 758-770, May.
    2. Batabyal, Amitrajeet A., 2000. "Aspects of ecosystem persistence and the optimal conservation of species," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 9(1), pages 69-77, February.
    3. Batabyal, Amitrajeet A., 1996. "On Some Aspects of the Management of a Stochastically Developing Forest," Working Papers 9613, Utah State University, Department of Economics.
    4. Koo, Won W. & Mattson, Jeremy W., 2004. "Economics Of Detection And Control Of Invasive Species: Workshop Highlights," Special Reports 23068, North Dakota State University, Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies.

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    groundwater; management; stochastic; queuing; theory;

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