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Making the best use of the fully appropriated water supply in most areas of the Rio Grande Drainage Basin remains the major issue facing the state of New Mexico. This dissertation develops a comprehensive and integrative methodological approach capable of evaluating water resources problems in the Rio Grande Basin. A combination of two well-known and utilized economic tools (the input-output and linear programming techniques) served as the basis for model formulation.

The input-output technique was further extended into an interregional context, and served as the basis for the expanded and larger linear programming framework. One set of economic and three sets of water-related constraints were formulated: labor, water itself, water-based recreation, and pollution-carrying capacity. Labor and water were considered as basic inputs to the economic core, while water-based recreation and pollution-carrying capacity represented demands on the water resources which must be satisfied concurrently with the traditional input requirements.

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Department of Economics

First Committee Member (Chair)

Shaul Ben-David

Second Committee Member

Franklin Lee Brown

Third Committee Member

William B. Schulze



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