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cost-benefit analysis
input-output analysis
irrigation in Alberta
irrigation cost-sharing
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Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Amsalu, Dareskedar W
Supervisor and department
Scott Jeffrey (Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Examining committee member and department
Terry Veeman (Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Brent Swallow (Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
John Parkins (Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Date accepted
Graduation date
2017-06:Spring 2017
Master of Science
Degree level
This study assessed the economic impacts of Alberta’s irrigated agriculture industry as of 2011 and evaluated the economic viability of expanding the irrigated crop land by 10% within the 13 irrigation districts in southern Alberta. Results of the economic impact assessment revealed that irrigation, directly or indirectly, generated $3.2 billion to the national gross domestic product. The distribution of these benefits was 17% for producers and 83% for the province and the nation. Results of the economic viability analysis revealed that with the existing government subsidy of 75% to the irrigation rehabilitation program, investment for expansion of irrigated crop land would be economically viable for producers. However, in the absence of this effective government subsidy, the investment would be unattractive. The results are consistent with the fact that irrigation expansion is a capital-intensive project and as such its economic viability for producers is contingent upon the levels of subsidy and the opportunity costs of capital. The results have important policy implications for the provision of economic incentives for producers investing in water saving irrigation technologies.
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Amsalu, D.W. 2016. Expanding Irrigated Agriculture in Alberta: An Economic Impact Assessment. Unpublished Master of Science Thesis, University of Alberta.

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