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Water Sharing in Rural Africa: The Behavioral Relevance of Scarcity and Social Status

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: D Exelle, Ben; Lecoutere, Els; Van Campenhout, Bjorn
Conference: Workshop on the Workshop 4
Location: Indiana University Bloomington
Conf. Date: June 3-6, 2009
Date: 2009
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1554
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Africa
Subject(s): scarcity
rural affairs
water resources
data analysis
Abstract: "Making use of a repeated distribution game experiment, we investigate how African peasants distribute and enforce water access in irrigation schemes. Two questions are addressed. First, we investigate the influence of scarcity by comparing a treatment of abundant water availability with a treatment where water is insufficient for both players to reach a minimum production threshold. Second, we study to what extent social status influences distribution and enforcement of water access. For this, we complement the experimental data with data from a social status ranking exercise."

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