The theme that binds together the four papers in this dissertation is the tracking of physical quantities of water used by industries in the economy, and an exploration of whether and how this tracking could be helpful in informing water policies, as applied to the state of Nevada or sub-regions of Nevada. The concept of water footprints has been wildly popular in disciplines outside of economics and has been used to help make policy decisions normally considered to lie within the economist's realm. Yet many economists shun 'footprints' in general and water footprints in particular, seeing them as descriptive methods that have little or nothing to add to policy analysis. This thesis attempts to bridge a gap between economists, engineers and planners and the popular imagination about what economic concepts footprints are related to and how they can best be used in policy analysis.
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|Commitee:||Harris, Thomas R., Melkonyan, Tigran, Moeltner, Klaus, Quint, Thomas|
|School:||University of Nevada, Reno|
|Department:||Resource and Applied Economics|
|School Location:||United States -- Nevada|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Environmental economics, Economics, Water Resource Management|
|Keywords:||Nevada, Virtual water, Water cge model, Water footprint|
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