Managing a scarce resource in a growing Asian economy: Water usage in Hong Kong

Chi Keung WOO, Wing-Keung WONG, Ira HOROWITZ, Hing-Lin CHAN

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Abstract

An econometric analysis of Hong Kong's monthly per capita water usage for the 25-year period of April 1985 through March 2010 reveals that per capita usage is insensitive to price but dependent upon past usage, per capita income, weather, and seasonal factors, with rising income countering what would otherwise be a downward trend. Given Hong Kong's current inflationary environment and large government budget surplus, these findings affirm the Hong Kong Water Supplies Department's adopted strategy of total water management towards sustainable use of water resources, in lieu of either periodic service interruption or price increases as policy instruments. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-382
JournalJournal of Asian Economics
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Hong Kong
Asian economies
Resources
Water
Surplus
Interruption
Water supply
Government budget
Policy instruments
Weather
Per capita income
Water resources
Water management
Econometric analysis
Factors
Income

Citation

Woo, C.-K., Wong, W.-K., Horowitz, I., & Chan, H.-L. (2012). Managing a scarce resource in a growing Asian economy: Water usage in Hong Kong. Journal of Asian Economics, 23(4), 374-382. doi: 10.1016/j.asieco.2012.03.007

Keywords

  • Water-usage elasticity
  • Demand-side management
  • Price elasticity
  • Partial-adjustment regression model
  • Hong Kong