Water Pricing for a Dry Future: Pricing Policies from Abroad and Their Relevance to California, Ariel Dinar and David Zilberman

June 13, 2016

It is raining again in California. How long will it last and how effective will it be in addressing the long-term water scarcity that the state faces? We live in a water-scarce, drought-prone state and this fact has to be taken into account in shaping water conservation policy. At a recent water-pricing workshop, co-sponsored by the Giannini Foundation, leading scholars from several countries presented case studies. These illustrated how water-pricing mechanisms have been used creatively throughout the world for promotion of water conservation under water-scarce situations.