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Robustness and Vulnerability of Community Irrigation Systems: The Case of the Taos Valley Acequias


Michael Cox


Indiana University Bloomington - Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

Justin M. Ross


Indiana University - School of Public & Environmental Affairs

December 1, 2010

Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Vol. 61, No. 3, pp. 254-66, 2011
School of Public & Environmental Affairs Research Paper No. 2010-12-02

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Traditional economic and policy analysis theory has emphasized the implementation of private or public property rights regimes in order to sustainably manage natural resources. More recent work has challenged this approach by examining the strengths and weakness of common property governance of such resources. This paper contributes to this literature by analyzing the acequia irrigation communities in northern New Mexico. Through statistical analysis, we find that the acequias’ ability to maintain collective-action as estimated by a critical performance function, crop production, is aided by water sharing agreements and access to groundwater, and that it is hampered by property rights fragmentation and urbanization.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 38

Keywords: Common-pool resources, Social-ecological systems, Acequias, Irrigation, Robustness, Spatial analysis

JEL Classification: Q15, Q25

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Date posted: December 15, 2010 ; Last revised: August 19, 2013

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Cox, Michael and Ross, Justin M., Robustness and Vulnerability of Community Irrigation Systems: The Case of the Taos Valley Acequias (December 1, 2010). Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Vol. 61, No. 3, pp. 254-66, 2011; School of Public & Environmental Affairs Research Paper No. 2010-12-02. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1724636

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Michael Cox
Indiana University Bloomington - Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis ( email )
Indiana University Bloomington
IN
United States
Justin M. Ross (Contact Author)
Indiana University - School of Public & Environmental Affairs ( email )
1315 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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