Transboundary water management Game-theoretic lessons for projects on the US-Mexico border

George B. Frisvold, Margriet F. Caswell

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Of the twelve million people who live within 100 km of the US-Mexico border, 90 percent are clustered in transboundary sister cities that share common water sources and pollution problems. New institutions created to address environmental concerns over NAFTA offer the promise of greater financial and technical assistance for water management in border cities. This paper reviews US-Mexico border water issues and institutions. Using insights from game theory, it draws policy lessons for institutions funding border water projects. We examine how the design of assistance programs, technical support, and pre-existing water rights and regulations affect project outcomes. The diversity and geographic dispersion of water conflicts suggests potential for applying the interconnected game approach to US-Mexico water negotiations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEconomics of Water Resources
Subtitle of host publicationInstitutions, Instruments and Policies for Managing Scarcity
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781351159289
ISBN (Print)9780815388722
StatePublished - Jan 18 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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