The Economics of Evaluating Water Projects

Hydroelectricity Versus Other Uses

  • Per-Olov Johansson
  • Bengt Kriström

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Per-Olov Johansson, Bengt Kriström
    Pages 1-6
  3. Per-Olov Johansson, Bengt Kriström
    Pages 7-17
  4. Per-Olov Johansson, Bengt Kriström
    Pages 19-27
  5. Per-Olov Johansson, Bengt Kriström
    Pages 29-42
  6. Per-Olov Johansson, Bengt Kriström
    Pages 43-68
  7. Per-Olov Johansson, Bengt Kriström
    Pages 69-89
  8. Per-Olov Johansson, Bengt Kriström
    Pages 91-92
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 93-135

About this book


This book presents research on a kind of water use conflicts that is becoming more and more common and important: How to best manage moving water in times of increasing demand for electricity as well as environmental services. How should decisions be made between water use for electricity generation or for environmental and recreational benefits? The authors develop a simple general equilibrium model of a small open economy which is used to derive a cost-benefit rule that can be used to assess projects that divert water from electricity generation to recreational and other uses (or vice versa). The cost-benefit rule is then applied to the specific case of a proposed change at a Swedish hydropower plant. The book provides a manual for the evaluation of river regulations which can easily be replicated in other studies.


Cost-Benefit Analysis Environmental Benefits Externalities Hydropower Water Use Conflicts

Authors and affiliations

  • Per-Olov Johansson
    • 1
  • Bengt Kriström
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of EconomicsStockholm School of EconomicsStockholmSweden
  2. 2., Centre for Environmental andUmeå University and SLUUmeåSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-27669-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-27670-5
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