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
David blogs on water, economics and politics at
aguanomics.com 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.
- if we
should be worried more about a shortage of water or a scarcity of
- 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
- about the
- why David
decided to do a PhD in economics after failing to get rich in the
- 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
Singapore are becoming independent in creating their supply of
water and are no longer depending on imports fro
Singapore are building technologies to recycle water from
- why the ‘toilet-to-tap’ water recycling
initiative has failed in the US but is working in
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