Welfare consequences of water supply alternatives in rural Tunisia

Slim Zekri, Ariel Dinar*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Many economic studies have addressed the issue of inefficiency of public water supply in rural areas and the potential for improved service by private companies. Many of these analyses focused on identifying either willingness to pay or comparing average service costs and prices paid by customers. This paper performs a welfare analysis of two water supply systems-public and self owned-in rural Tunisia. The paper calculates consumer and producer surplus and compares the performance of the two systems from a social point of view. Results suggest that both systems are inefficient, mainly because of a production level that is low compared with production capacity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalAgricultural Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Consumer and producer surplus
  • Rural water supply
  • Social welfare
  • Water demand and supply

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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