Economists Explore the Effects of Country-Level Water Independence on Water Pollution

Posted on 11/3/2016 9:41:20 AM

In a forthcoming edition of Water Resources Management, Alexi Thompson and Chris Jeffords, Department of Economics, examine the relationship between a novel, country-level water independence index and water pollution as measured by biochemical oxygen demand.

Controlling for the effects of income, rule of law, and trade openness, they find that importing water intensive goods may lower water pollution levels. In addition, they find that an improvement in trade openness and a stronger rule of law may contribute to lower levels of water pollution.

According to the 2015 Scimago Journal Rankings, Water Resources Management has an impact factor of 1.291 and ranks 16/230 in the Water Science and Technology category of Environmental Science, and 30/376 in the Civil and Structural Engineering category of Engineering. In 2015, the journal had an impact factor of 2.437 according to Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports. Google Scholar Metrics ranks the journal 6th (out of the 20 journals ranked in each category) in Hydrology and Water Resources and Water Supply and Treatment.