Dataset on the in-stream and off-stream economic value of water

Benjamin H. Lowe*, David R. Oglethorpe, Sonal Choudhary

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This dataset contains 706 estimates of the economic value of water; it has been compiled from published sources. Economic values are provided for three off-stream uses (agriculture/irrigation, industry, and municipal) and three in-stream ecosystem services (recreation, waste assimilation, and wildlife habitat). The dataset covers per period and capitalised asset values. All value estimates have been standardised in USD (2014) per acre-foot. The data accompany the research article entitled “Shifting from volume to economic value in virtual water allocation problems: a proposed new framework and methodology” [1]. The dataset can be used to facilitate benefits (or value) transfer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105434
JournalData in Brief
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2020

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Funding Information:
This research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council grant number [ ES/J500215/1 ] and the University of Sheffield.

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  • Benefit transfer
  • Economic value of water
  • Environmental valuation
  • Non-market valuation
  • Value transfer

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