Do increasing block tariffs lead to water conservation? Evidence from Hangzhou, China
The aims of the project are two-fold. The first aim is to evaluate the effects of IBT adoption on water consumption and water conservation in a major Chinese city (Hangzhou). To the best of our knowledge, this will be the first empirical study of IBT implementation using panel data in China. The second aim is to better understand households water use practices, and specifically whether they trust that network water is safe to drink, relative to other more expensive options such as bottled water. While some literature has discussed the public perception of drinking water quality (Turgeon et al. 2004, Doria et al. 2009, Doria 2010, Saylor et al. 2011), there has been limited research to date in the context of China (Zhang and Brown 2005).