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Record number 402353
Title The impact of the water rights definition on smallholder irrigators' willingness to pay for water in Limpopo province, South Africa
Author(s) Speelman, S.; Farolfi, S.; Haese, M.F.C. D'; Frija, A.; Haese, L. D'
Source Environment and Development Economics 15 (2010)4. - ISSN 1355-770X - p. 465 - 483.
Department(s) Development Economics Group
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2010
Keyword(s) river-basin management - north-west province - property-rights - developing-countries - quality improvements - contingent valuation - choice experiments - cost recovery - markets - australia
Abstract Water rights are currently receiving increased attention from scholars and policymakers due to the growing understanding that ill-defined water rights impair efficient use. In South Africa, smallholder irrigation faces problems of low water use efficiency and cost recovery of government investments. This study uses contingent ranking to analyse the willingness to pay (WTP) of smallholder irrigators for changes in the water rights system. The results indicate that smallholders are prepared to pay considerably higher water prices if these are connected to improvements in the water rights system. By segmenting the population it was also shown that the importance attached to water rights dimensions varies in each segment. While lower institutional trust and lower income levels lead to a lower WTP for transferability, experiencing water shortage increases this WTP. Such information is valuable in guiding policy makers in the future design of water rights.
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