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Transactions Matter, but Hardly Cost: Irrigation Management in Kathmandu Valley

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dc.contributor.author Bhattarai, Ram Chandra
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-13T14:24:28Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-13T14:24:28Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7258
dc.description.abstract "This paper estimates the transaction cost in maintaining Farmers Managed Irrigation System (FMIS) in Nepal. It analyzes the factors influencing the transaction cost and compares it with the production cost in agriculture. This study is based on a case of Kathmandu valley covering 60 irrigation systems. The findings of the study show that the main element of transaction time is watching, waiting and negotiating which constitutes more than 92 percent of the total transaction time. The study also shows that the transaction time is relatively low for FMIS amounting to 5 % to that of total time required for the production of crops. The transaction time is higher for the households cultivating the land at downstream of the canal compared to the households cultivating the land at upstream of the canal. In terms of crops transaction time for the cultivation of winter crops is three times higher than that of the summer crop. The total value of output per hectare is significantly affected by transaction cost, reliability of the irrigation facility and infrastructure quality. However, there is an advantage of being a free rider and hence there seems to be a problem in collective action. If the institutions could somehow control for free-riding or deviant behavior, then presumably it would improve institutional efficiency and reduce expost transaction cost." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject transaction costs en_US
dc.subject irrigation en_US
dc.subject agricultural development en_US
dc.subject institutions en_US
dc.title Transactions Matter, but Hardly Cost: Irrigation Management in Kathmandu Valley en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country Nepal en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Sustaining Commons: Sustaining Our Future, the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates January 10-14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Hyderabad, India en_US

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