What role can information play in improved equity in Pakistan’s irrigation system? Evidence from an experimental game in Punjab

Andrew Reid Bell, M. Azeem A. Shah, Arif Anwar, Claudia Ringler

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    Abstract

    The Indus Basin Irrigation System suffers significant inequity in access to surface water across its millions of users. Information, i.e., monitoring and reporting of water availability, may be of value in improving conditions across the basin, and we investigated this via an experimental game of water distribution in Punjab, Pakistan. We found evidence that flow information allowed players to take more effective action to target overuse, and that overall activities that might bring social disapproval were reduced with information. However, we did not find any overall improvement in equity across the system, suggesting that information on its own might not be sufficient to lead to better water distribution among irrigators.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number51
    JournalEcology and Society
    Volume20
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • Framed field experiment
    • Irrigation
    • Pakistan

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Ecology

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