Drivers of Formal, Local Groundwater Governance
California Legislative Analyst's Office; University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics
This paper explores variables, derived from theories of institutional change, that distinguish between circumstances in Texas that led to or did not lead to the formation of groundwater conservation districts between 1949 and 2004. Unlike prior work on institutional change or common pool resource governance, this paper analyzes rich panel data. Because the analysis does not rely on a few cases, general policy suggestions can be made. Data show drought, increasing energy prices, increasing populations, smaller potential jurisdictions, or lower or more variable rainfall increase the likelihood that people will form a groundwater conservation district.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 42
Keywords: Collective action, Groundwater, Institutional change, Local control, Panel data, Texas
JEL Classification: Q28, Q25, Q38, H11working papers series
Date posted: May 5, 2008
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