Special Issue "Water Policy, Productivity and Economic Efficiency"


A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 December 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Davide Viaggi
University of Bologna, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Viale Fanin, 50, 40127 Bologna, Italy
Website: http://www.unibo.it/docenti/davide.viaggi
E-Mail: davide.viaggi@unibo.it
Interests: agricultural policy evaluation; water policy; environmental impact assessment and resource economics; evaluation of technical change and innovation in agriculture and food; farm investment behaviour; land markets

Guest Editor
Dr. Meri Raggi
University of Bologna, Department of Statistical Sciences, Via Belle Arti, 41, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Website: http://www.unibo.it/docenti/meri.raggi
E-Mail: meri.raggi@unibo.it
Interests: sample theory; primary data collection; environmental impact assessment in particular referred to water resources; discrete choice model; monetary valuation of public goods (contingent valuation; choice experiments) principal-agent models, multivariate statistical methodologies

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Giacomo Zanni
University of Ferrara, ENDIF - ENgineering Department In Ferrara, Via Saragat, 1 44100 Ferrara, Italy
Website: http://docente.unife.it/giacomo.zanni
E-Mail: giacomo.zanni@unife.it
Interests: agricultural economics; environmental impact assessment in agriculture; innovation in agriculture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Most of the literature addresses water policy as an issue related to environmental conservation. However, water remains a major productive factor, particularly in agriculture. This role is made even more prominent in a context characterised by economic crises, increased competition across markets and climate change. It is also emphasised by the fossil energy limitations, which also highlights the water-energy nexus as a key resource issue for economic viability.

The change in needs not only requires a change in perspective, but also points at the need to study institutional innovations and economic evaluation instruments able to better assess policy performance and provide evidence for improvemed design.

This special issue aims to encourage debate and dialogue on water policy in this perspective, focusing on the future of water as a productive factor; in particular, high quality papers illustrating original research or comprehensive reviews are sought on the following issues:

  • Economic analysis of experiences and open issues with innovative management of water for crop production.
  • Production and efficiency effects of innovative policy instruments and mechanisms (water markets, auctions, pricing mechanisms).
  • Ex-post and ex ante policy evaluation approaches, methods and tools, and their application to cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis of water policy measures from the point of view of economic efficiency and productivity.
  • Efficiency effects of coordination between water policy and specific sector policies (e.g. agriculture, energy).
  • Water policy and viability of economic sectors in the context of drought and climate change.
  • Water policy and wider economic and social issues (global economy, international markets, food security).
  • Water policy and competitiveness.

Prof. Dr. Davide Viaggi
Dr. Meri Raggi
Prof. Dr. Giacomo Zanni
Guest Editors


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  • water policy design
  • economic efficiency and productivity
  • water markets
  • climate change
  • evaluation instruments

Published Papers (9 papers)

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Water 2014, 6(5), 1204-1220; doi:10.3390/w6051204
Received: 30 January 2014; in revised form: 11 April 2014 / Accepted: 22 April 2014 / Published: 7 May 2014
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Water 2014, 6(4), 1043-1068; doi:10.3390/w6041043
Received: 23 December 2013; in revised form: 27 March 2014 / Accepted: 1 April 2014 / Published: 24 April 2014
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Water 2014, 6(4), 929-944; doi:10.3390/w6040929
Received: 9 December 2013; in revised form: 10 March 2014 / Accepted: 1 April 2014 / Published: 14 April 2014
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Water 2014, 6(4), 778-795; doi:10.3390/w6040778
Received: 8 January 2014; in revised form: 28 February 2014 / Accepted: 17 March 2014 / Published: 27 March 2014
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Water 2014, 6(3), 670-693; doi:10.3390/w6030670
Received: 2 January 2014; in revised form: 9 March 2014 / Accepted: 17 March 2014 / Published: 24 March 2014
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Water 2014, 6(3), 723-744; doi:10.3390/w6030723
Received: 9 November 2013; in revised form: 3 March 2014 / Accepted: 17 March 2014 / Published: 24 March 2014
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Water 2014, 6(2), 229-252; doi:10.3390/w6020229
Received: 24 October 2013; in revised form: 2 December 2013 / Accepted: 17 January 2014 / Published: 27 January 2014
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Water 2013, 5(4), 1967-1995; doi:10.3390/w5041967
Received: 17 September 2013; in revised form: 6 November 2013 / Accepted: 7 November 2013 / Published: 27 November 2013
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Water 2013, 5(4), 1502-1516; doi:10.3390/w5041502
Received: 15 July 2013; in revised form: 5 September 2013 / Accepted: 16 September 2013 / Published: 27 September 2013
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Nonpoint pollution control in presence of different damage functions due to farm heterogeneity
Author: Jose Albiac Affiliation: CITA-DGA, Unidad Economia Agraria, Avenida de Montañana 930, 50059 Saragossa, Spain; E-Mail: maella@unizar.es
Abstract: The expansion of intensive agriculture has created substantial pollution loads in many water basins worldwide. Pollution emissions from agriculture are nonpoint precluding the identification of the polluter, the source location, and the amount of emissions. A common feature in the literature is the assumption of a unique pollution damage function for all farmers; however, different pollution damage functions may appear when farmers are heterogeneous. This study analyzes salinity pollution from farms with different soils and related biophysical processes. Results show that when pollution damage functions are not the same, a unique control instrument could result in sizable welfare losses.

Title: Water trading: locational water right, economic efficiency, and third-party effect
Author: Ming-Feng Hung
Affiliation: Department of Industrial Economics, Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan; E-Mail: eureka@mail.tku.edu.tw
Abstract: By exploiting the characteristic that water flows downstream uni-directionally, this study first designs a system of “locational water right” which is consistent with the requirement of minimum instream flows. We illustrate how this design can avoid the third-party effect associated with water transfers and provide a mathematical proof of its economic efficiency. We then apply this water trading design to the case of Choushui River basin in Taiwan. In this area, agriculture is highly developed while domestic and industrial water demands have been increasing rapidly. Conflicts for water access among water users have been increasing. By using an agent-based model, we simulate the potential economic benefits of water transfers.
Keywords: water market; economic efficiency; locational water right; third-party effect; return flows

Title: Integrated Water Resources Management Using DPSIR Approach in a GIS Context: A Case Study of Gallikos River Basin, North Greece
Author: K. Voudouris, C. Mattas et al.
Affiliation: Lab. of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology, School of Geology, Aristotle Univ., GR54124 Thessaloniki, Greece, kvoudour@geo.auth.gr
Abstract: This paper aims at proposing a policy for creating an integrated water resources management. DPSIR analysis was applied in order to optimize the measures for sustainable management of both surface and groundwater resources in the study basin. The driving forces, are mainly human activities. This technique was applied in Gallikos river basin, located in the northern part of Greece. The major driver forces are urbanization, agriculture, industry and the regional development strategy for the study area. Pressures on water resources are the intense agriculture, the over-exploitation of aquifers, the land use and waste disposal. The main pressures are: urbanization, water pollution and decrease of river discharge. The application of the DPSIR analysis is a useful tool that will offer policy makers and local authorities a set of proposed solutions and applicable measures aiming at sustainable water resources management.

Last update: 30 October 2013

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