Publication
Title
Equity-efficiency trade-offs in iirigation water sharing : evidence from a field lab in rural Tanzania
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Abstract
This article studies how users of scarce common water resources deal with equity-efficiency trade-offs. For this purpose, we conduct a field lab experiment in Tanzania that simulates the distribution of irrigation water between upstream and downstream users. We find a strong preference for equal sharing even if this comes with large foregone efficiency gains. However, we also find indications that efficiency considerations are taken into account. (Selfish) deviations from equal sharing are more likely implemented when they are efficiency-enhancing. Finally, we detect a tendency to alternate between altruistic and selfish sharing, which reconciles equity and efficiency considerations.
Language
English
Source (journal)
World development. - Oxford
Publication
Oxford : 2012
ISSN
0305-750X
Volume/pages
40:12(2012), p. 2537-2551
ISI
000312286200013
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Last edited 10.04.2017