Estimation of water demand in developing countries: An overview

Nauges, Celine and Whittington, Dale (2010) Estimation of water demand in developing countries: An overview. World Bank Research Observer, 25 2: 263-294. doi:10.1093/wbro/lkp016

Author Nauges, Celine
Whittington, Dale
Title Estimation of water demand in developing countries: An overview
Journal name World Bank Research Observer   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0257-3032
Publication date 2010-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/wbro/lkp016
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 263
End page 294
Total pages 32
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Abstract A better understanding of household water use in developing countries is necessary to manage and expand water systems more effectively. Several meta-analyzes have examined the determinants of household water demand in industrialized countries, but little effort has been made to synthesize the growing body of literature evaluating household water demand in developing countries. This article reviews what is known and what is missing from that literature thus far. Analysis of demand for water in developing countries is complicated by abundant evidence that, contrary to what is observed in most developed countries, households in developing countries have access to, and may use more than one of several types of, water sources. The authors describe the different modeling strategies that researchers have adopted to estimate water demand in developing countries and discuss issues related to data collection. The findings from the literature on the main determinants of water demand in these countries suggest that, despite heterogeneity in the places and time periods studied, most estimates of own-price elasticity of water from private connections are in the range from −0.3 to −0.6, close to what is usually reported for industrialized countries. The empirical findings on decisions relating to household water sources are much less robust and should be a high priority for future research.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Economics Publications
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