Welfare consequences of water supply alternatives in rural Tunisia

Slim Zekri, Ariel Dinar

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Abstract

Many economic studies have addressed the issue of inefficiency of public water supply in rural areas and the potential for improved service by private companies. Many of these analyses focused on identifying either willingness to pay or comparing average service costs and prices paid by customers. This paper performs a welfare analysis of two water supply systems-public and self owned-in rural Tunisia. The paper calculates consumer and producer surplus and compares the performance of the two systems from a social point of view. Results suggest that both systems are inefficient, mainly because of a production level that is low compared with production capacity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalAgricultural Economics
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003

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Keywords

  • Consumer and producer surplus
  • Rural water supply
  • Social welfare
  • Water demand and supply

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  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Forestry
  • Economics and Econometrics

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Welfare consequences of water supply alternatives in rural Tunisia. / Zekri, Slim; Dinar, Ariel.

In: Agricultural Economics, Vol. 28, No. 1, 01.2003, p. 1-12.

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