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Groundwater spatial dynamics and endogenous well location

Groundwater spatial dynamics and endogenous well location

Katic, Pamela Giselle ORCID: 0000-0001-7594-1081 (2014) Groundwater spatial dynamics and endogenous well location. Water Resources Management, 29 (1). pp. 181-196. ISSN 0920-4741 (Print), 1573-1650 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11269-014-0834-5)

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Abstract

Groundwater economic models have refined optimal extraction rules while lagging behind in the study of optimal spatial policies. This paper develops a theoretical model to estimate welfare gains from optimal groundwater management when the choice variable set is expanded to include well location decisions as well as optimal groundwater extraction paths. Our theoretical results show that if there is spatial heterogeneity in groundwater, the welfare gains from optimal location of wells are substantial even if extraction rates are unregulated. Furthermore, second-best economically defined spacing regulations may possibly have better efficiency results (and lower implementation costs) than first-best uniform taxes or quotas. An application of the model to a real-world aquifer shows the importance of including well location decisions in spatially differentiated groundwater models and the need for (1) robust estimates of the gains from optimal management and; (2) spatially explicit regulations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Groundwater; Optimal location; Welfare
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Development Studies Research Group
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2017 16:09
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17665

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