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Water Economics

This course focuses on the theoretical fundamentals of water economics and their application in the area of water policy. It includes the economic principles of efficiency and their interaction with institutional boundary conditions with respect to variations in specific countries. It also relates to the economic logic of competition on water and water resources.

This course includes the fundamentals of economic theory, economic water characteristics, efficiency as an assessment criteria, competition for water in terms of quantity and the deviation to water quality issues, legal requirements and institutional boundary conditions, cost-benefit-analysis, pricing in water sector, the functionality of water markets, instruments of environmental pollution control and the analysis of water demand (private households, commercial sector, agriculture).

Semester: 3

Course type: lecture

Credits: 4

Examination: written exam

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