David Zilberman(a), Scott Kaplan(b), Alice Huang(a), Lanie Goldberg(a)
(a)University of California Berkeley, (b)United States Naval Academy
JEL Codes: Q25, Q55, Q12, R12, P14
Keywords: Allocation, benefit-cost analysis, environment, evolution, political economy, water
Publish Date: August 16, 2023
We propose a framework for a water economics course that analyzes water allocation in a dynamic context. The proposed course has six elements: first, an introduction to basic facts and features of the evolution of water systems; second, the political economy of water systems and their evolution over time; third, benefit-costbenefit-cost analysis and developing water supply chains; fourth, the pricing, allocation, and management of water; fifth, the environmental implications of water use; and sixth, global water issues. We present suggestions for exercises of each topic.
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Articles in this issue
Teaching Water Economics Using Dynamics and a Political Economy Framework
David Zilberman, Scott Kaplan, Alice Huang, Lanie Goldberg
Teaching Principles of Water Economics to Non-Economists: Lessons from California
Mehdi Nemati and Ariel Dinar
Teaching Water and Sanitation Economics and Policy with a Focus on Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Dale Whittington and Duncan Andrew Thomas
Solving Optimal Groundwater Problems with Excel
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