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Introduction to the Economics of Water Resources : An International Perspective - Stephen Merrett

Introduction to the Economics of Water Resources

An International Perspective

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Published: 28th January 1997
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Written in a clear and accessible style, this introductory textbook explores the economics of water supply and consumption and shows how water policy can be adapted to achieve the goal of sustainable development. Informed by an evolutionary political economy perspective, the book draws on a substantial group of international case studies to illustrate the relevance of theory to real life. Ranging widely, the author considers the conservation of rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries and coastal waters; land drainage; flood control and coastal defense; dam projects; the costs of freshwater supply; water use by households, agriculture, and other sectors; and wastewater treatment and disposal. Introducing a topic of crucial importance to a wide range of disciplines, this concise yet comprehensive text will be invaluable for students in environmental studies, geography, and economics.

The author is clear, concise, and refreshingly critical of many conventional modes of neoclassical economic analysis . . .a thought provoking view of the practicalities of water resources economics. The case studies are varied and detailed, and are valuable sources of information in their own right.--Daniel Bedford in The Professional Geographer

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Abbreviations and Acronymsp. xiii
Units of Measurementp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Supply: the Engineer's Perspectivep. 5
Supply: the Economist's Perspectivep. 29
Effective Demand and the Price of Waterp. 53
Social Cost-Benefit Analysis for Water Projectsp. 85
Financial Accounting for Water Enterprisesp. 115
Water Resource Planning for a Sustainable Societyp. 143
The Environmental Costs and Benefits of Water Projectsp. 163
Political Economy and Water Resource Policyp. 177
Glossaryp. 189
Referencesp. 197
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780847687114
ISBN-10: 0847687112
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 211
Published: 28th January 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.95  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.35