Economics, Economists, and Water Policy Advising

by Leonard Shabman, Virginia Tech, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Role of Social and Behavioral Sciences in Water Resources Planning and Management

Abstract: Subjects covered include the effectiveness of economic analysis, the economist as technician and as policy entrepreneur, and others. Economic concepts and studies can be used as a means for organizing thinking prior to arriving at a decision. This paper offers some personal reflections upon the nature and contribution of economics as a discipline to policy analysis. It pays particular attention to economics in water policy and program evaluation.

Subject Headings: Economic factors | Water resources

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