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The Economics of Water

Rules and Institutions

Authors: Meran, Georg, Siehlow, Markus, von Hirschhausen, Christian

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  • Offers a comprehensive textbook on water economics
  • Introduces key economic approaches and mathematical methods for the study of water scarcity
  • Combines the technical fundamentals of the hydrological cycle with economic allocation rules
  • Assesses the political and ethical dimensions of water management
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This open access textbook provides a concise introduction to economic approaches and mathematical methods for the study of water allocation and distribution problems. Written in an accessible and straightforward style, it discusses and analyzes central issues in integrated water resource management, water tariffs, water markets, and transboundary water management. By illustrating the interplay between the hydrological cycle and the rules and institutions that govern today’s water allocation policies, the authors develop a modern perspective on water management. Moreover, the book presents an in-depth assessment of the political and ethical dimensions of water management and its institutional embeddedness, by discussing distribution issues and issues of the enforceability of human rights in managing water resources. Given its scope, the book will appeal to advanced undergraduate and graduate students of economics and engineering, as well as practitioners in the water sector, seeking a deeper understanding of economic approaches to the study of water management.

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Georg Meran is a Professor of Environmental Economics at Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany, and Research Fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Germany, specializing in applied microeconomic and institutional aspects of water. He holds a PhD from the Free University of Berlin, and has served as Dean of the DIW Berlin Graduate Center for Economic and Social Sciences (2004 – 2010), and as Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Economics and Management, Technical University of Berlin (2008 – present). Prof. Meran has published extensively on various environmental issues, allocation of water rights, pricing, nudging, energy economics, regulation issues, etc. He teaches an undergraduate course on fundamentals of environmental and resource economics, courses on advanced environmental economics as well as ecological economics, and a course on water economics, the content of which provides the basis for this textbook. Markus Siehlow is a Senior Researcher at the Workgroup of Environmental Economics at Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin). His specialization is in the field of water economics, such as transboundary water management and industrial economics of the water sector. He works also on the field of resource, ecological and environmental economics. Together with Georg Meran, he gives courses in these economic disciplines. His PhD thesis focus on the topic of hydro-economic modeling, where methods from Operations Research are applied to the water sector.   Christian von Hirschhausen is a Professor of Infrastructure Economics at Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany, and Research Director at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Germany. His research covers various infrastructure sectors, e.g., water, transportation and energy. His most recent publications have been on regulatory issues and pricing, and include a compilation on “Water - Economics and Management of a Key Resource” (DIW Berlin, 2010).

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Economics of Water
Book Subtitle
Rules and Institutions
Authors
Series Title
Springer Water
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-48485-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-48485-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-48484-2
Series ISSN
2364-6934
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 288
Number of Illustrations
29 b/w illustrations, 34 illustrations in colour
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