Research Seminar: The Long-Term Outcomes of Restoring Indigenous Property Rights to Water
- Friday, February 12, 2021 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
- WebEx Events
Eric Edwards, North Carolina State University, will present "The Long-term Outcomes of Restoring Indigenous Property Rights to Water," as part of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics' Academic Research Seminar Series. Dr. Edwards is hosted by Dr. Dan Bigelow.
From the abstract:
"In the American West, well-defined and secure water rights contribute to long-term economic growth and enable water right holders to generate income through leases, sales, or productive use of water. Similar benefits have eluded Native American reservations in the region, whose water rights have not been legally defined or enforced historically. To date, 56 of 226 reservations in the US West have reached a settlement to legally quantify their water rights, resulting in allocations of around 7.6 million annual acre-feet of water annually. However, there has been no empirical test of the extent to which these settlements changed water use or economic productivity. We fill this gap by examining tribal land use over the past 40 years across reservations at the parcel-level."
- Agricultural Economics and Economics