Damming the Commons: An Empirical Analysis of International Cooperation and Conflict in Dam LocationDownload
This paper examines whether countries consider the welfare of other nations when they make water development decisions. We estimate econometric models of the location of major dams around the world as a function of the degree of international sharing of rivers. We find that dams are more prevalent in areas of river basins upstream of foreign countries, supporting the view that countries free ride in exploiting water resources. We find weak evidence that international water management institutions reduce the extent of such free-riding.
Resources Magazine — Jan 7, 2016
Dam Construction on International Rivers
Countries tend to overdevelop shared rivers if they can pass on some of the costs of dams to their downstream neighbors.
Common Resources — Aug 8, 2014
Exporting the Cost of Dams
Last year, former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi proclaimed: "We will defend each drop of Nile water with our blood if necessary." He was referri...
Common Resources — Mar 21, 2023
The Trade-Off between Costs and Emissions for the Hydrogen Tax Credit
Deploying hydrogen technologies quickly can speed up decarbonization and reduce associated costs, but also could increase emissions in the short run. This trade-off depends on how the US Department of the Treasury will implement the hydrogen tax credit.