Desalination and the commons: tragedy or triumph?

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Desalination and the commons: tragedy or triumph?

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Desalination and the commons: tragedy or triumph?
Author: David, Zetland
Journal Title: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: A policy is more likely to be economically efficient when its costs and benefits fall on the same group, but politicians can allocate costs and benefits to different groups within their jurisdictional commons. This article examines the distribution of costs and benefits from desalination projects using examples from San Diego, Almería and Riyadh. The examples illustrate how mismatches between costs and benefits can persist or change as politicians adjust the policy portfolio to balance inefficiency and political risk.
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/46861
 

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