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Regulating groundwater use in developing countries: a feasible instrument for public intervention

Lars Hansen (), Frank Jensen () and Eirik S. Amundsen ()
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Eirik S. Amundsen: Institute of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen

No 2011/3, IFRO Working Paper from University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics

Abstract: In many developing countries, groundwater is a common pool resource which is potentially subject to the tragedy of the commons if water extraction is not adequately regulated. However, in these countries, the regulatory infrastructure is often too weak to allow detailed monitoring of individual groundwater extraction. For this reason, classical public intervention instruments, such as consumption fees or tradable quotas, are infeasible. Here we present a theoretical foundation for a new public regulatory instrument that can potentially generate the same efficiency inducing incentives as fees and tradable quotas, but without their information and monitoring requirements. The instrument we propose is a tax based on aggregate extraction, rather than individual extraction measures.

Keywords: Developing countries; groundwater use; moral hazard problems; taxes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 22 pages
Date: 2011-01
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