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MELDING PRIVATE AND PUBLIC INTERESTS IN WATER RIGHTS MARKETS

Gary D. Lynne and Phyllis Saarinen

Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 1993, vol. 25, issue 1, 15

Abstract: The debate over privatizing and water markets has moved back and forth for decades between the "I" and the "We" perspectives. Rather than either/or, a balanced "I&We" view of water institutions is needed. West is meeting east in water law. Public interest needs must be satisfied in appropriate decision forums, but marketing may prove a social improvement when used as a supplement. Balancing an "I&We" institution involves establishing an acceptable or tolerable level of interference through judicious mixing of state, common and private property regimes. Third-party effects are eliminated as mutual gain arises in a variety of decision forums.

Keywords: Resource; /Energy; Economics; and; Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1993
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.15196

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