Identifying Water Prices at Which Australian Farmers Will Exit Irrigation: Results of a Stated Preference Survey

15 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2015

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Alec Zuo

University of South Australia

Sarah Ann Wheeler

University of South Australia

Peter Boxall

University of Alberta - Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry & Home Economics

Wiktor L. (Vic) Adamowicz

University of Alberta

Darla Hatton MacDonald

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Land and Water

Date Written: June 2015

Abstract

Among the measures taken by the Australian government to address one of the worst droughts on record in the Murray‚ÄźDarling Basin, exit package issues have rarely been investigated. A stated preference survey was designed to identify the range of water prices required for irrigators to sell all their water entitlements and leave the irrigation industry. Farmer participation responses are generally price elastic. There are large regional differences in price elasticities, but within a region there are few differences based on subgroups of farmers.

Suggested Citation

Zuo, Alec and Wheeler, Sarah Ann and Boxall, Peter and Adamowicz, Wiktor L. (Vic) and Hatton Macdonald, Darla, Identifying Water Prices at Which Australian Farmers Will Exit Irrigation: Results of a Stated Preference Survey (June 2015). Economic Record, Vol. 91, pp. 109-123, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2614717 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4932.12186

Alec Zuo (Contact Author)

University of South Australia ( email )

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Australia

Sarah Ann Wheeler

University of South Australia ( email )

37-44 North Terrace, City West Campus
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Australia

Peter Boxall

University of Alberta - Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry & Home Economics ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta
Canada

Wiktor L. (Vic) Adamowicz

University of Alberta ( email )

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Edmonton, Alberta
Canada
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Darla Hatton Macdonald

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Land and Water ( email )

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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