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Abstract: Rice production in India is facing potential shortages in the
future, and this may be due to various factors including water and labor shortages, growing
populations, and a slowing rate of technical progress. Although rice is a water-intensive
crop, water productivity in rice production is especially low. Stresses on water supply,
including the potential impact of climate change, ... read moresuggest a growing need for economic
policies that enable increases in water efficiency levels in rice production. Fertilizers
are used as a temporary solution in India to maintain increasing rates of production
levels. The primary goals of this paper are twofold: first, to assess the current level of
water and fertilizer inefficiency using a stochastic production frontier model for the
study region in the Krishna River Basin of India; and second, to analyze and discuss the
potential increase in water efficiency as a result of volumetric water pricing
Thesis (M.S.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Economics.
Advisor: Jeffrey Zabel.
Committee: David Dapice, and Richard Vogel.
Keywords: Economics, Agriculture economics, and Water resources