Decentralization and Environment: An Application to Water Policies

31 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2005

Date Written: February 2005


By means of a two-jurisdictional model, this paper analyses the optimal division of environmental policymaking functions among the different government levels, identifying the most appropriate level of decentralization in each case. The paper focuses on water resources policies, with an application to Spanish regions during the 1996-2001 period. The estimation of an environmental quality-consumption transformation function allows the implementation of a simulation to find the most efficient policies in the context of water resources.

Keywords: Fiscal federalism, Environmental policies, Water resources

JEL Classification: H77, Q25, Q28

Suggested Citation

Garcia-Valiñas, Maria Angeles, Decentralization and Environment: An Application to Water Policies (February 2005). Available at SSRN: or

Maria Angeles Garcia-Valiñas (Contact Author)

University of Oviedo ( email )

Campus del Cristo
Oviedo, Asturias 33071
+34 985104878 (Phone)
+34985104871 (Fax)

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