The welfare costs of urban outdoor water restrictionsThe Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (2007)
AbstractOutdoor water restrictions are usually implemented as bans on a particular type of watering technology (sprinklers), which allow households to substitute for labour intensive (hand-held) watering. This paper presents a household production model approach to analysing the impact of sprinkler restrictions on consumer welfare and their efficacy as a demand management tool. Central to our empirical analysis is an experimentally derived production function which describes the relationship between irrigation and lawn quality. We demonstrate that for a typical consumer complete sprinkler bans may be little more effective than milder restrictions policies, but are substantially more costly to the household.
- household model,
- urban water demand,
- urban water restrictions
Citation InformationDonna Brennan, Sorada Tapsuwan and Gordon Ingram. "The welfare costs of urban outdoor water restrictions" The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics Vol. 51 Iss. 3 (2007)
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