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Valuation of irrigation water in southern Alberta: a stated preference approach Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Contingent behaviour
Willingness to pay/accept
Valuation
Stated preference
Water market
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Wang, Yihong
Supervisor and department
Dridi, Chokri (Rural Economy)
Examining committee member and department
Adamowicz, Wiktor L. (Rural Economy)
Young, Denise(Economics)
Department
Department of Rural Economy
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-04-13T20:45:46Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The research presented in this thesis focuses on determining the value of irrigation water in southern Alberta. Utilizing a stated preference method, the research represents a successful attempt at applying contingent behavior scenarios to estimate irrigation water supply and demand, and thus irrigators’ willingness to pay/accept (WTP/WTA) for water through a hypothetical water market during droughts. The research also aims to assess the effectiveness of water markets in conserving water and promoting water productivity and efficiency. The findings reveal that irrigators’ WTP during droughts is within the range of $1.22-4.90/acre-inch ($0.012-$0.048/m3), varying over various levels of water scarcity. It is found that the presence of water markets plays a crucial role in water reallocation and improves water productivity and efficiency, the extent of which depends on how active are water markets.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3CT42
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License granted by Yihong Wang (yihong@ualberta.ca) on 2010-04-12T20:17:34Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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