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Water Communities in the Republic of Macedonia: An Empirical Analysis of Membership Satisfaction and Payment Behavior

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Matthew GortonORCiD, Professor Stephen Quarrie


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Utilizing primary survey data, we investigate the performance of Water Communities (WCs), a form of self-managing organization for irrigation, in the Bregalnica region of the Republic of Macedonia. While their introduction improved cost recovery, only modest changes occurred in the cost of irrigation water and many farmers remain indifferent to the WCs. Econometric analysis focuses on the decision of farmers to join a WC, determinants of farmers’ satisfaction with WCs, and factors associated with changes in payment behavior. Key determinants identified include transparency and trust regarding the conduct of WCs, cost recovery rates, farm size, and irrigation costs. Membership satisfaction is an important determinant of payment behavior.

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Author(s): Gorton M, Sauer J, Peshevski M, Bosev D, Shekerinov D, Quarrie S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: World Development

Year: 2009

Volume: 37

Issue: 12

Pages: 1951-1963

ISSN (print): 0305-750X

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5991

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2009.04.003


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