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Global water in a global world a long term study on agricultural virtual water flows in the world

Rosa Duarte (), Vicente Pinilla () and Ana Serrano ()
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Rosa Duarte: Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, Universidad de Zaragoza

Documentos de Trabajo from Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Universidad de Zaragoza

Abstract: : Agricultural and food products have been increasingly exchanged during the last half century. With them, water has been virtually transferred among countries. Thus, this paper studies the evolution of virtual water flows on the long term, analyzing the main factors driving them by means of a Decomposition Analysis. In particular, our study points at a gradual increase in virtual water consumption as a result of agricultural and food products trade in the world from 1965 to 2010. At the global level, the increase in the volume of trade has been the main factor driving water consumption increase.

Keywords: : Virtual water trade; Decomposition Analysis; Global environmental change (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F18 N50 N70 Q25 Q27 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr and nep-int
Date: 2015-03
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