The Response of Agricultural Water Use to Changes in Pumping Costs
Keeler, Andrew G.
Mullen, Jeffrey D.
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We estimate the response of agricultural water use to differences in pumping costs. Data come from Agricultural Water: Potential Use and Management Program in Georgia, supplemented by climatic and crop-specific information. The results show that pumping costs are a significant determinant of water use, although the magnitude of the effect is not huge. Some limited inferences can be made to how agricultural irrigators might react to different levels of volume-based water pricing.