Adoption of water conveyance and monitoring technology in the irrigation communities in the Region of Murcia (Spain)


  • Francisco Alcón Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena
  • María Dolores de-Miguel Gómez Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena
  • Michael Burton University of Western Australia



Duration analysis, irrigation community, hazard function, irrigation technology


The present paper analyses the process of adopting water management and control technology in the irrigation communities in the region of Murcia from 1975 to 2005. Duration Analysis has been used to combine the technological process with the time taken from the initial stages of the irrigation community until the execution of this plan. The ownership of a subterranean water well and the use of a variable tariff system according to the water consumed have been identified as the moving forces of the adoption process. The policies of subsidies toimprove irrigation technology areas and drought have also affected the adoption decisions.


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Author Biographies

Francisco Alcón, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

Dep. de Economía de la Empresa.

María Dolores de-Miguel Gómez, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

Dep. de Economía de la Empresa.

Michael Burton, University of Western Australia

School of Agricultural & Resource Economics


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