Marta Biancardi
Lucia Maddalena

Department of Economics, University of Foggia, Largo Papa Giovanni Paolo II,1, 71121 – Foggia, Italy

2nd International Scientific Conference on Recent Advances in Information Technology, Tourism, Economics, Management and Agriculture – ITEMA 2018 – Graz, Austria, November 8, 2018, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS published by the Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia; ISBN 978-86-80194-13-4


Over the last decades, groundwater irrigation has become commonplace in many regions worldwide. This is largely a consequence of the advances in drilling and pumping technologies and of the development of hydrogeology. Compared with traditional surface water irrigation systems, groundwater irrigation offers more reliable supplies, lesser vulnerability to droughts, and ready accessibility for individual users. However, poor groundwater management and legal controversies are currently at the base of social disputes in the water exploitation. A through and transparent assessment of the relative socio-economic value of groundwater can contribute to mitigate or avoid potential conflicts. In this paper, we develop a mathematical model that studies the exploitation of a common groundwater resource in order to take into account the strategic and dynamic interactions among the users of the resource. It is known that a number of different factors may increase the welfare gains of firms but also cause the overexploitation of the aquifer. The aim of the model is to analyze policy options and economic forces that influence the groundwater irrigation sector and its development.


Key words

Groundwater extraction, Agriculture, differential games.


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