The effects of well management and the nature of the aquifer on groundwater resources

Qiuqiong Huang, Jinxia Wang, Scott Rozelle, Stephen Polasky, Yang Liu

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We compare groundwater use under collective well management in China, where village leaders allocate water among households, and under private well management where farmers either pump from their own wells or buy water from wells owned by other farmers. Villages are divided into connected or isolated groups depending on whether there are lateral groundwater flows between aquifers underlying a village and neighboring ones. In rural China, households under collective well management use less water. Even under collective management, households located in connected villages use more water, indicating that the connectedness of the aquifers may undermine leaders' incentives to conserve water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-116
Number of pages23
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013

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Funding Information:
We acknowledge financial support from the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China (70925001, 71161140351) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (2012CB955700, 2010CB428406).


  • collective well management
  • community-based management
  • connected village
  • isolated village
  • private well management


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