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An Agent-based Model Based on Field Experiments

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dc.contributor.author Janssen, Marco A.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-02T21:11:20Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-02T21:11:20Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10535/8612
dc.description.abstract "This chapter describes the empirical calibration of a theoretical model based on data from field experiments. Field experiments on irrigation dilemmas were performed to understand how resource users overcome asymmetric collective action problems. The fundamental problem facing irrigation systems is how to solve two related collective action problems: 1) the provision of the physical and ecological infrastructure necessary to utilize the resource (water), and 2) the irrigation dilemma where the relative positions of 'head-enders' and 'tail-enders' generate a sequential access to the resource itself (water). If the actors behave as rational, self-interested agents, it is difficult to understand how irrigation infrastructure could ever be constructed and maintained by the farmers who utilize the system as opposed to a government irrigation bureaucracy. Wittfogel (1957) argued that a centralized control was indispensable for the functioning of larger irrigation systems and hypothesized that some state-level societies have emerged as a necessary side-effect of solving problems associated with the use of large-scale irrigation." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CSID Working Paper Series, no. CSID-2012-008 en_US
dc.subject irrigation en_US
dc.subject collective action en_US
dc.title An Agent-based Model Based on Field Experiments en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ en_US
dc.subject.sector Theory en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US


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