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July 2010An Integrated Assessment of Water Markets: Australia, Chile, China, South Africa and the USA
with R. Quentin Grafton, Clay Landry, Gary D. Libecap, Robert O'Brien: w16203
The paper provides an integrated framework to assess water markets in terms of their institutional underpinnings and the three ‘pillars’ of integrated water resource management: economic efficiency, equity and environmental sustainability. This framework can be used: (1) to benchmark different water markets; (2) to track performance over time; and (3) to identify ways in which water markets might be adjusted by informed policy makers to achieve desired goals. The framework is used to identify strengths and limitations of water markets in: (1) Australia's Murray-Darling Basin; (2) Chile (in particular the Limarí Valley); (3) China (in particular, the North); (4) South Africa; and (5) the western United States. It identifies what water markets are currently able to contribute to integrated w...

Published: “An Integrated Assessment of Water Markets: A Cross-Country Comparison” R. Quentin Grafton, Gary D. Libecap, Samuel McGlennon, Clay Landry, and R.J. O’Brien, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, volume 5, issue 2, summer 2011, 219–239

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