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Water Economics

Despite the imminent closure of the workgroup, the course will presumably be offered.


  • Water cycle
  • Integrierted water resource management (IWRM) (water allocation and water using, rebound-effect, groundwater using, water transfer)
  • Industrial economic basics in the water sector 
  • Theory optimale water tariffs (price discrimination, seasonal pricing, increasing block rates)
  • Price regulation approaches in the water sector (tendering, rate of return regulation, yardstick competition, benchmarking)
  • International water contracts (principles of justice, principles of international water law, cooperative game theory, water bankruptcy rules)

Textbook: The Economics of Water - Rules and Institutions


Based on the content of this course, the lecturers of this course (Georg Meran and Markus Siehlow) have written a textbook in cooperation with Christian von Hirschhausen. This textbook is available for free download (open access) at Springer Verlag.

Under the following Link you get access to the textbook at Springer-Verlag.

Under the following Link you can download the textbook from the Springer-Verlag.

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