Comparing the cost-effectiveness of water conservation policies in a depleting aquifer: a dynamic analysis of the Kansas High Plains

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dc.contributor.author Ding, Ya
dc.contributor.author Peterson, Jeffrey M.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-15T19:01:15Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-15T19:01:15Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10-15
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/14849
dc.description.abstract This research analyzes two groundwater conservation policies in the Kansas High Plains located within the Ogallala aquifer: 1) cost-share assistance to increase irrigation efficiency; and 2) incentive payments to convert irrigated crop production to dryland crop production. To compare the cost-effectiveness of these two policies, a dynamic model simulated a representative irrigator’s optimal technology choice, crop selection, and irrigation water use over time. The results suggest that the overall water-saving effectiveness can be improved when different policy tools are considered under different conditions. High prevailing crop prices greatly reduce irrigators’ incentive to give up irrigation and therefore cause low enrollment and ineffectiveness of the incentive payment program. In areas with low aquifer-saturated thickness, the incentive payment program is more effective, whereas in areas with relatively higher water availability, the cost-share program could be a better choice. en_US
dc.relation.uri http://purl.umn.edu/123781 en_US
dc.rights Permission to archive granted by the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, October 8, 2012. en_US
dc.subject Cost-share program en_US
dc.subject Incentive payments en_US
dc.subject Ogallala aquifer en_US
dc.subject Dynamic optimization en_US
dc.subject Groundwater conservation en_US
dc.title Comparing the cost-effectiveness of water conservation policies in a depleting aquifer: a dynamic analysis of the Kansas High Plains en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.citation.epage 234 en_US
dc.citation.issue 2 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics en_US
dc.citation.spage 223 en_US
dc.citation.volume 44 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jpeters en_US

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