Who trades water allocations? Evidence of the characteristics of early adopters in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District, Australia 1998-1999 *

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Year Published: 2009
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Author: Wheeler, Sarah ; Zuo, Alec ; Shanahan, Martin ; Bjornlund, Henning
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This article applies a model of innovation to analyze the characteristics of irrigators within the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District in Australia and examines the efficiency of the early water market in the late 1990s. Using multinominal and binary logit analyses we identify the factors associated with irrigators who sold or bought water allocations during 1998-1999 and irrigators who at that time had never participated in any kind of water trading. Contrary to expectations we find that early adopters of water trading were older farmers with low farm productivity, but that in line with theory they had higher levels of education, had spent less time farming, had larger irrigated area, farm operating surplus and farm assets, owned farms that were more intensively farmed, and were more progressive in their planning. There was only weak evidence to suggest that water moved from lower value uses to higher value uses, suggesting the water allocation market had limited efficiency in its' initial years.

Pages: 631 - 643
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Volume: 40
Number: 6
Journal: Agricultural economics the journal of the InternationalAssociation of Agricultural Economists
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ISSN: 01695150


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