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Irrigated Agriculture and the Environment

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Irrigated Agriculture and the Environment

9781840645033 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by James S. Shortle, Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics, Pennsylvania State University, US and Ronald C. Griffin, Professor of Natural Resources Economics, Texas A & M University, US
Publication Date: 2001 ISBN: 978 1 84064 503 3 Extent: 296 pp
The issues addressed in this comprehensive collection of previously published articles include the effects of existing government intervention on the environmental impacts of agriculture, the economic costs and benefits of environmental regulations for agriculture, and the economic and environmental merits of alternative mechanisms for water allocation and water quality protection.

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The global expansion of irrigated lands during the 20th century and beyond continues to contribute to food production, but also degrades the environment significantly. The consequent search for policy remedies has stimulated a vital body of economic research.

The issues addressed in this comprehensive collection of previously published articles include the effects of existing government intervention on the environmental impacts of agriculture, the economic costs and benefits of environmental regulations for agriculture, and the economic and environmental merits of alternative mechanisms for water allocation and water quality protection.

In this volume the editors present a sampling of economic research on the interface of irrigated agriculture with the environment. The articles included are by leading researchers in this field and span the topics of nonpoint pollution control, salinity management, and the allocation of water.
Critical Acclaim
‘This book is a very useful collection for those interested in the impact of agriculture on water resources, and on the allocation of water resources within the agricultural system. It pulls together most of the important theoretical papers since the early 1980s on the economics of non-point pollution control. The book also shows how interdisciplinary modelling has improved our understanding of water quality and quantity issues, and how better management of water resources generates real economic benefits. It will be of interest to all economists working in this area, whether academic or professional, as well as to water managers.’
– Nick Hanley, University of Glasgow, UK
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18 articles, dating from 1982 to 1999
Contributors include: R.M. Adams, D.W. Bromley, B.G. Colby, A. Dinar, G.E. Helfand, R.E. Howitt, K. Segerson, M. Weinberg, R.A. Young, D. Zilberman
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Introduction James S. Shortle and Ronald C. Griffin
PART I POLLUTION CONTROL INSTRUMENTS FOR IRRIGATED AGRICULTURE
1. Ronald C. Griffin and Daniel W. Bromley (1982), ‘Agricultural Runoff as a Nonpoint Externality: A Theoretical Development’
2. James S. Shortle and James W. Dunn (1986), ‘The Relative Efficiency of Agricultural Source Water Pollution Control Policies’
3. Kathleen Segerson (1988), ‘Uncertainty and Incentives for Nonpoint Pollution Control’
4. Richard D. Horan, James S. Shortle and David G. Abler (1998), ‘Ambient Taxes When Polluters Have Multiple Choices’
5. Richard Cabe and Joseph A. Herriges (1992), ‘The Regulation of Non-Point-Source Pollution Under Imperfect and Asymmetric Information’
6. Scott L. Johnson, Richard M. Adams and Gregory M. Perry (1991), ‘The On-Farm Costs of Reducing Groundwater Pollution’
7. Gloria E. Helfand and Brett W. House (1995), ‘Regulating Nonpoint Source Pollution Under Heterogeneous Conditions’
8. Erik Lichtenberg, David Zilberman and Kenneth T. Bogen (1989), ‘Regulating Environmental Health Risks Under Uncertainty: Groundwater Contamination in California’
PART II SALINITY AND WATER ALLOCATION
9. Ariel Dinar, Mark B. Campbell and David Zilberman (1992), ‘Adoption of Improved Irrigation and Drainage Reduction Technologies Under Limiting Environmental Conditions’
10. J.F. Booker and R.A. Young (1994), ‘Modeling Intrastate and Interstate Markets for Colorado River Water Resources’
11. Donna J. Lee and Richard E. Howitt (1996), ‘Modeling Regional Agricultural Production and Salinity Control Alternatives for Water Quality Policy Analysis’
12. Marca Weinberg and Catherine L. Kling (1996), ‘Uncoordinated Agricultural Environmental Policy Making: An Application to Irrigated Agriculture in the West’
PART III WATER REALLOCATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT
13. Bonnie G. Colby (1990), ‘Enhancing Instream Flow Benefits in an Era of Water Marketing’
14. Michael R. Moore, Aimee Mulville and Marca Weinberg (1996), ‘Water Allocation in the American West: Endangered Fish Versus Irrigated Agriculture’
15. Ronald C. Griffin and Shih-Hsun Hsu (1993), ‘The Potential for Water Market Efficiency When Instream Flows Have Value’
16. Neal S. Johnson and Richard M. Adams (1988), ‘Benefits of Increased Streamflow: The Case of the John Day River Steelhead Fishery’
17. David B. Willis, Jose Caldas, Marshall Frasier, Norman K. Whittlesey and Joel R. Hamilton (1998), ‘The Effects of Water Rights and Irrigation Technology on Streamflow Augmentation Cost in the Snake River Basin’
18. Bruce A. McCarl, Carl R. Dillon, Keith O. Keplinger and R. Lynn Williams (1999), ‘Limiting Pumping from the Edwards Aquifer: An Economic Investigation of Proposals, Water Markets, and Spring Flow Guarantees’
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