Environmental economics and the Murray-Darling river system

J. Quiggin*

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    Abstract

    Much concern about the negative environmental consequences of agricultural development in Australia, including salinisation, waterlogging and algal blooms, has focused on the problems of the Murray-Darling Basin. The aim of this article is to provide an overview of the environmental problems of the Murray-Darling Basin from an economic perspective, and a selective survey of the relevant economic literature, including theoretical analysis, modelling and contributions to the development of water policy. In attempting to understand the complex problems of the Murray-Darling Basin, an eclectic approach drawing on externality, sustainability and property rights perspectives seems most appropriate.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)67-94
    Number of pages28
    JournalAustralian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
    Volume45
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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