University of California, Riverside

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Ariel Dinar

Ariel Dinar


School of Public Policy
4135 Interdisciplinary South
(951) 827-4526

Research Areas

  • Water and Environmental Economics
  • Water Policy
  • Climate Change
  • Regional Cooperation
  • Cooperative Game Theory
  • Economics of Extension


  • Ph.D. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1984
  • M.S. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1974
  • B.S. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1972


Ariel Dinar is a Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy at the School of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside. His work addresses various aspects of economic and strategic behavior of management of natural resources and the environment. Dr Dinar received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since then he spent 15 years in the World Bank working on water economics and climate change issues. In 2009, Dr Dinar moved to UCR, where he assumed a professorship at University of California, Riverside. Dr Dinar founded the Water Science and Policy Center, which he directed until 2014. Dr Dinar is an International Fellow of the Center for Agricultural Economic Research of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel since November 2010; a Fulbright Senior Specialist since 2003; and was named the 2015 Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. He authored and co-authored nearly 150 peer reviewed papers and co-authored and edited 24 books and textbooks. He founded two technical journals (Strategic Behavior and the Environment, and Water Economics and Policy) for which he serves as an Editor-in-Chief.



  • Dinar, A. and K. Schwabe (Eds.), Handbook of Water Economics, Edward Elgar Publishers, 2015.
  • Dinar, A., V. Pochat, and J. Albiac (Eds.), Water Pricing Experiences and Innovations, Springer Publishing, 2015.
  • Dinar, A., S. Dinar, S. McCaffrey, and D. McKinney, Bridges over Water: Understanding Transboundary Water Conflicts, Negotiation and Cooperation.  Second Edition. World Scientific Publishers, 2013.
  • Hanak, E., J. Lund, A. Dinar, B. Gray, R. Howitt, J. Mount, P. Moyle, B. Thompson, Managing California's Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation. San Francisco: PPIC, 2011.


Technical Papers:

  • Dinar, A. and M. Hogarth, Game Theory and Water Resources: Critical Review of its Contributions, Progress and Remaining Challenges. Foundations & Trends in Microeconomics, 11(1–2):1–139, 2015.
  • Kahil, M. T., A Dinar, J. Albiac, Modeling Water Scarcity and Droughts for Policy Adaptation to Climate Change in Arid and Semiarid Regions. Journal of Hydrology, 522:95–109, 2015. 
  • Botelho, A., A. Dinar, L. Pinto, A. Rapoport, Promoting Cooperation in Resource Dilemmas: Predictions and Experimental Evidence. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 54:40-49, 2015.
  • Pham Do, K. H., and A. Dinar, The Role of Issue Linkage in Managing Non-cooperating Basins: the Case of the Mekong. Natural Resource Modeling, 27(4):492-518, 2014.
  • Zawahri, N., A. Dinar, and G. Nigatu, Governing International Freshwater Resources:  An Anal-ysis of Treaty Design, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (Accepted for publication, July 7, 2014).
  • Dinar, A., Water and Economy-Wide Policy Interventions, Foundations & Trends in Microe-conomics, 10(2):85–164, 2014.
  • Baerenklau, K., K. Schwabe, and A. Dinar, The Residential Water Demand Effect of Increasing Block Rate Water Budgets, Land Economics,  90(4):683-699, 2014.
  • Botelho, A., A. Dinar, L. Pinto, and A. Rapoport, Time and Uncertainty in Resource Dilemmas: Equilibrium Solutions and Experimental Results, Experimental Economics, 17(4):649-672, 2014.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

School of Public Policy
4133 CHASS Interdisciplinary South

Tel: (951) 827-5564


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