The Institutional Economics of Water

The Institutional Economics of Water

A Cross-Country Analysis of Institutions and Performance

R. Maria Saleth and Ariel Dinar

This outstanding new book provides the most detailed and comprehensive evaluation of water reform and water sector performance from the perspectives of institutional economics and political economy.

A: Questionnaire

R. Maria Saleth and Ariel Dinar

Subjects: economics and finance, environmental economics, institutional economics, environment, environmental economics, water

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COMPARATIVE STUDY OF WATER INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR IMPACT ON WATER SECTOR PERFORMANCE IN SELECT COUNTRIES REQUEST to RESPONDENTS Knowing full well the value of your time and information, it is our intention to use them as efficiently as we can and, of course, with full acknowledgment of your specific views and contributions (unless stated specifically to the contrary). Thanks, in advance, for your cooperation and active support for this pioneering study. (A) 1. Definitions Water institution: An entity defined interactively by water law, water policy, and water administration at the formal and informal as well as macro and micro levels. The focus here is only on formal and macro dimensions. 2. Water sector: Covers all consumptive uses of water such as irrigation, domestic consumption, and industrial processing from both surface and nonsurface sources as well as reclaimed or recycled sources. Nonconsumptive uses such as hydropower generation, navigation, and instream ecological needs are considered only to the extent that they affect consumptive uses directly or indirectly. However, in the context of this questionnaire, water sector is viewed from a more general and macro perspective. 3. Water sector performance: Covers physical performance (demand vs. supply), operational performance (allocational ease and its efficiency), and financial performance (cost recovery and pricing efficiency). 329 330 The Institutional Economics of Water (B) 1. Notes This questionnaire is intended essentially to highlight major issues as a starting point to initiate discussion and elicit a gut-feeling response of country experts, specialists, and policymakers. Since it does not exhaust...

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