Teaching Water Economics

15 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2022

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David Zetland

Leiden University - Leiden University College

Date Written: July 1, 2022


Economic theories and tools provide only partial insight into the many complexities affecting various uses and flows of water. To usefully teach water economics, it is therefore necessary to understand and cooperate with other disciplines. Many economic concepts can be used to understand different facets of water (mis)management, but these concepts are often pushed far away from their basic (classroom or textbook) models. Institutions, history and culture play a big role in understanding those deviations and how to address them. Water economics courses can use case studies to organize these complexities and uncover useful results.

Keywords: teaching, water, x-disciplinary, case studies

JEL Classification: A12, A22, A23, Q25, Q53, Q54, Q57

Suggested Citation

Zetland, David, Teaching Water Economics (July 1, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4151923 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4151923

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