22 Jul 2009

Some Interesting Papers

These two World Bank notes come via Edouard Perard, one of the co-authors.
  • The number of developing countries implementing new private water projects was the lowest since 1995 [PDF]. Even more, three of the nine -— China, Brazil, and Algeria —- accounted for 89% of new projects and 85% of investment.
  • China accounts for more than half the water projects with private participation implemented in low- and middle-income countries in 1998–2008 [PDF]
Ricardo Paredes sent me this paper [PDF, in Spanish] on water rights in Chile.

Dan Rodrigo discusses [ppt] the many dimensions of an index of water sustainability in Southern California.

Schultz et al. discuss [pdf] how comparison of energy use among neighbors can have positive effects (reduced use) or "boomerang effects" (increasing use) -- depending on how well one is doing relative to the neighbors.

Darwin Hall, in “Politically Feasible, Revenue Sufficient, and Economically Efficient Municipal Water Rates [pdf],” discusses how "water rates are designed to meet multiple objectives, typically resulting in tradeoffs among the objectives of economic efficiency, revenue sufficiency, and related revenue stability." He goes on to analyze how Los Angeles established increasing block rates to increase efficiency in 1993.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks. The underlying details of water rights are what most interests me.


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