Jevons’ Paradox and Efficient Irrigation Technology
AbstractWater is one of our world’s most essential natural resources, but it is also a resource that is becoming increasingly scarce. The agricultural use of groundwater is particularly important to manage sustainably and well. However, popular and well-intentioned water conservation and management policies, including those that encourage the adoption of more efficient irrigation technology, may have unintended and possibly perverse consequences if policy-makers do not account for water users’ behavioral responses to their policies. In particular, a Jevons’ Paradox may arise, whereby a technology that enhances the efficiency of using a natural resource does not necessarily lead to less consumption of that resource. In this paper, we discuss efficient irrigation technology, Jevons’ Paradox, and the possible perverse consequences of incentive-based programs for agricultural groundwater conservation. View Full-Text
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Sears, L.; Caparelli, J.; Lee, C.; Pan, D.; Strandberg, G.; Vuu, L.; Lin Lawell, C.-Y.C. Jevons’ Paradox and Efficient Irrigation Technology. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1590.
Sears L, Caparelli J, Lee C, Pan D, Strandberg G, Vuu L, Lin Lawell C-YC. Jevons’ Paradox and Efficient Irrigation Technology. Sustainability. 2018; 10(5):1590.Chicago/Turabian Style
Sears, Louis; Caparelli, Joseph; Lee, Clouse; Pan, Devon; Strandberg, Gillian; Vuu, Linh; Lin Lawell, C. -Y. C. 2018. "Jevons’ Paradox and Efficient Irrigation Technology." Sustainability 10, no. 5: 1590.
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