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A theoretical economic model of the demand for irrigation water. 2019. Xu, Q.; Fox, G.; McKenney, D.W.; Parkin, G. Agricultural Water Management 225: 105763.

Year: 2019

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39998

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1016/j.agwat.2019.105763

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The purpose of this paper is to develop an economic model of the demand for irrigation water treating irrigation as a damage control input. The production economics of damage control inputs has been applied in pest management in crop production and was suggested as an approach to modeling the demand for irrigation water but, to date, this extension has not been undertaken. Compared with a water requirements approach, sometimes called an engineering method by economists, our economic approach has the potential to increase net benefits to farmers and to encourage more efficient water use.