Mississippi State University
Coatney, Kalyn T.
Chaudhry, Anita M.
Barnes, James N.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Agricultural Economics
Due to increased adoption of irrigation and advancements in technology, producers in the Mississippi Delta have been unsustainably depleting the water stocks in the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer (MRVAA). This research investigates the impacts of various regulatory threats uniformly applied to heterogeneously located producers to avert further overexploitation of the MRVAA. If a regulatory threat successfully incentivizes reduction of producers’ extraction rates, costly implementation of a binding limited-use regulation could be avoided. Laboratory experiments incorporating the major characteristics of the MRVAA were conducted to test two threatened uniform policies, limited-use and moratorium. The main finding of the research is that even with the threat of a moratorium, the regulatory trigger point was too lax to result in significantly slowing over exploitation of the water resource.
Wilhelms, Steven Christopher, "Impact of a Regulatory Threat toward Agricultural Water Use in the Mississippi Delta: An Experimental Approach" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 2580.