Evaluation of Price Policy in the Presence of Water Theft

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Isha Ray

University of California, Berkeley

Jeffrey C. Williams

University of California, Davis

Date Written: November 1999

Abstract

Mathematical programming models of “representative” farms are commonly used to evaluate policies such as input subsidies and output price supports. On canals in India, upstream farmers routinely use more irrigation water than allotted. In such circumstances, the programming model should encompass farmers' locational heterogeneity. Here, a representative watercourse with thirty farms is calibrated to the eight crops, fifteen irrigation turns, yield responses to water, and seepage in Maharashtra. Not only does water “theft” increase the social cost of price policies, but the policies' increased inducement to theft by upstream farmers leaves those downstream with less water and lower incomes.

Keywords: canal irrigation, India, mathematical programming, price policy, K420, O130, Q150, Q180

Suggested Citation

Ray, Isha and Williams, Jeffrey C., Evaluation of Price Policy in the Presence of Water Theft (November 1999). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 81, Issue 4, pp. 928-941, 1999, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3563172 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1244335

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