Water Consumption and Long-Run Urban Development: The Case of Milan

40 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2005

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Mario Nosvelli

CERIS - DSE, CNR (National Research Council)

Antonio Musolesi

University of Ferrara & CERIS CNR, Italy; CESAER INRA, UMR, France

Date Written: September 2005

Abstract

Analyses of long run consumption series are rare in literature. We study the evolution of water consumption in Milan in the twentieth century. The objective is twofold: on one side, the univariate analysis tries both to assess the impact of relevant socio-economic and environmental changes on water consumption in Milan and verify if consumers have deeply rooted consumption habits. On the other side, the multivariate analysis is used to identify the socio-economic factors that are relevant in explaining consumption evolution. Results indicate both that water users have well entrenched consumption habits and that population, climate and economic structure behave more similarly, in Euclidean terms, to water consumption than to other economic and social variables.

Keywords: Urban consumption, Long-run, Development, Environmental changes

JEL Classification: Q25, R1, C22, C19

Suggested Citation

Nosvelli, Mario and Musolesi, Antonio, Water Consumption and Long-Run Urban Development: The Case of Milan (September 2005). FEEM Working Paper No. 109.05, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=812988 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.812988

Mario Nosvelli (Contact Author)

CERIS - DSE, CNR (National Research Council) ( email )

Via Bassini, 15
20133 Milano
Italy

Antonio Musolesi

University of Ferrara & CERIS CNR, Italy; CESAER INRA, UMR, France ( email )

Via Bassini, 15
20133 Milano
Italy

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