Drivers of Water Supply Costs in Mediterranean Spain

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Title: Drivers of Water Supply Costs in Mediterranean Spain
Authors: Fernández-Aracil, Patricia | Ortuño Padilla, Armando | Melgarejo, Joaquín
Research Group/s: Ingeniería del Transporte, Territorio y Medio Litoral (AORTA) | Economía de la Vivienda y Sector Inmobiliario (ECOVISI) | La Economía Española sobre el Franquismo | Recursos Hídricos y Desarrollo Sostenible
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ingeniería Civil | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Económico Aplicado | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario del Agua y las Ciencias Ambientales
Keywords: Water supply costs | Urban factors | Scarcity | South-eastern Spain | Mediterranean cities | Panel data econometrics
Knowledge Area: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio | Ingeniería e Infraestructura de los Transportes | Historia e Instituciones Económicas
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: WIT Press
Citation: WIT Transactions on The Built Environment. 2018, 179: 191-195. doi:10.2495/UG180181
Abstract: This work analyses the drivers of water supply costs relying on a panel data model within a sample of Spanish Mediterranean municipalities between 2014 and 2016, in the provinces of Alicante and Murcia. These provinces have been chosen due to their common feature: water scarcity in the Southeast of Spain. The source of the dependent variable of the econometric model (costs) is a new dataset called actual cost of services of local entities (CESEL, in Spanish), which is published by Ministry of Finance and Civil Service. This new source emerged in response to financial problems experienced by local entities after the global crisis. Bearing in mind the homogeneity of municipalities studied in terms of water management, selected drivers of the equation focus on urban growth and demographic factors. The findings show that urban variables, such as higher net urban density, have a significant impact on the decrease of water supply costs.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the Office of the Vice President of Research and Knowledge Transfer of the University of Alicante (Patricia Fernández-Aracil has a scholarship for The Training of University Teachers from the University of Alicante) and by the University Institute of Water and Environmental Sciences of the University of Alicante.
ISSN: 1746-4498 (Print) | 1743-3509 (Online)
DOI: 10.2495/UG180181
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2018 WIT Press
Peer Review: si
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