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The Economics of Industrial Water Use
The Management of Water Resources Series No. 4
The Economics of Industrial Water Use presents an authoritative collection of the most important articles to have applied economic models and measurement techniques to the topic of industrial water use over the last thirty years. It includes an original introductory chapter which summarizes and critically assesses the literature on this important subject. These papers employ a range of modelling approaches including econometric estimation, linear programming, input-output models, non-market valuation and integrated river basin planning models. They also provide empirical evidence of the significant role played by economic forces in determining industrial water intake, discharge and recirculation. This comprehensive volume will be an indispensable reference source for those with an interest in water's role in industrial applications.
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'As water becomes scarcer and as the industrial sector expands in many countries, the competition over the resource among sectors is more difficult. Industrial water consumption has doubled over the past decade in several countries, and is expected to rise more as industry expands. Economic instruments play an important role in efficient allocation of scarce water resources. This book demonstrates how knowledge of features of industrial water use coupled with economic instruments may enhance efficient water management. Reading this book is a fascinating voyage through the existing economic literature that was published in the last 30 years. The book combines the work of the most authoritative scholars in this field. All together it provides the reader with the necessary technical and economic background that can be used to address various industrial water use issues.' -- Ariel Dinar, The World Bank, Washington, DC, US