The Political Economy of Water Resource Development

Transactions of the Thirty Eight North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, Washington, D. C.: Wildlife Management Institute, 1973

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Steve H. Hanke

Johns Hopkins University - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 1973

Abstract

Water resource development and management in the United States have created twelve thousand miles of waterways, irrigated thirty million acres of land (and drained an even larger area), provided water supplies for countless cities and industries, directed tons of concrete and earth at thousands of streams which from time to time overflow their banks and harnessed more than thirty million kilowatts of electric power capacity. Assuming the main objective of these federal expenditures is to contribute to the national welfare, two issues require clarification: the definition of "national welfare"; and the measurement of contributions to that welfare made by water resource development.

Keywords: Steve Hanke, Political Economy, Water Resource Development, Wildlife Management Institute

Suggested Citation

Hanke, Steve H., The Political Economy of Water Resource Development (March 1973). Transactions of the Thirty Eight North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, Washington, D. C.: Wildlife Management Institute, 1973. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2176531

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