Date of Award:

12-2021

Document Type:

Dissertation

Degree Name:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department:

Applied Economics

Committee Chair(s)

Reza Oladi, Sherzod Akhundjanov

Committee

Reza Oladi

Committee

Sherzod Akhundjanov

Committee

Simon Wang

Committee

Arthur Caplan

Committee

Man Li

Abstract

This dissertation explores the impacts of resource procurement on economic growth and urbanization in a county through a historical case study, moving on to discuss the welfare impacts of resource-sharing in two regions. The first two essays explore the impact of the Owens Valley water transfer in the 1900s on the urban sprawl and the economic growth of Los Angeles. The main contribution that the first two essays make is to present an empirical analysis on the impact of procurement of resources on the economy. The third essay examines the welfare impacts of a proposed water sharing and development project. The findings suggest that the regions would be willing to pay for the water transfer only if the increase in new resources is large or the costs are shared equally among the involved regions, excluding environmental costs. This essay informs the policy of alternative methods ensuring overall net benefit to all the parties involved in the project. Studies like the one presented in this dissertation have become indispensable with the increase in competing uses of water.

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