Lin Crase (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) is a Senior Lecturer in Economics, La Trobe University, Albury-Wodonga, Victoria, Australia. Brian Dollery is Professor of Economics, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia.
Water rights: a comparison of the impacts of urban and irrigation reforms in Australia
Article first published online: 6 SEP 2006
Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Volume 50, Issue 3, pages 451–462, September 2006
How to Cite
Crase, L. and Dollery, B. (2006), Water rights: a comparison of the impacts of urban and irrigation reforms in Australia. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 50: 451–462. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8489.2006.00358.x
- Issue published online: 6 SEP 2006
- Article first published online: 6 SEP 2006
- consumer demand;
- institutional economics;
- water management and policy
Although there has been a policy thrust towards making all Australians more cognisant of the relative scarcity of water resources, the approach adopted for urban dwellers differs markedly from that applied to irrigators. These differences are examined from a property-rights perspective focussing primarily on the institutional hierarchies in the Victorian water sector. The analysis reveals significant attenuation of urban dwellers’ rights, presumably on the basis of the information deficiencies that circumscribe urban water use. Alternative policy options are then proposed, which might alleviate some of these information deficiencies and simultaneously address the efficiency losses that attend the present arrangements.