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Economic Rockstar

Jul 2, 2015

David Zetland is an assistant professor at Leiden University College, where he teaches various classes on economics.

David was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural Resource Economics and Political Economy at UC Berkeley (2008-2010) and a Senior Water Economist at Wageningen University (2011-2013). 

David blogs on water, economics and politics at and gives many talks to public, professional and academic audiences.

David has two books The End of Abundance: economic solutions to water scarcity (2011)  and Living with Water Scarcity (2014).

He received his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis in 2008.

Find out:

  • if we should be worried more about a shortage of water or a scarcity of water.
  • if we should learn from the oil industry and develop the technology-equivalent of extracting oil from oil sands and desalinate the ocean water?
  • if we can tell whether we know the water footprint of a cow and if it’s different in California than Ireland.
  • why water is actually free and what you pay is for the delivery.
  • if there is an opportunity costs to acquiring water?
  • why people living in the slums of India pay up to 50 times the price for water than those who have cheaper piped water.
  • if a water monopoly is an effective market structure.
  • if price competition in the market for water would result in the over-use of water consumption.
  • about the water-diamond paradox.
  • why David decided to do a PhD in economics after failing to get rich in the dotcom era.
  • how David came to get his family name ‘Zetland’.
  • about the coming ‘Water Wars’ and how it has already started.
  • about Sao Paulo’s troubled water situation and how it’s creating water gang warfare on the streets.
  • who we should assign the property rights to water.
  • what David proposes to be the most effective way of managing water.
  • how Singapore are becoming independent in creating their supply of water and are no longer depending on imports fro Malaysia.
  • how Singapore are building technologies to recycle water from waste.
  • why the ‘toilet-to-tap’ water recycling initiative has failed in the US but is working in Singapore.
  • and much much more.
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