Consumer preferences and water charging options in a large urban municipality: a case study

Higgs, Helen & Worthington, Andrew C. (2001) Consumer preferences and water charging options in a large urban municipality: a case study. Public Works Management and Policy, 5(3), pp. 209-217.

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This paper uses limited dependent variable techniques to model the decision-making process in a dual-pricing household water system as employed in Brisbane, Australia. In this system, households could initially choose to remain on a standard rateable value principle of payment for water or move to a volumetric/user-pays system. Because of uncertainty associated with future household water demand, the option to remain on the existing system has value and is thereby incorporated into the appropriate decision-making model. A number of property/household characteristics are found to influence the choice of water charging system along with the value of the option. These include property size and rateable value, the number of household members, the type of garden vegetation, and the presence of various household appliances.

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ID Code: 2574
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Two, part tariffs, user pays, volumetric water pricing
DOI: 10.1177/1087724X0153003
ISSN: 1552-7549
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Environment and Resource Economics (140205)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 18 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 13:25

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