The socio-economic impacts of climate change on water resources in South Africa

James S. Juana*, Kagiso Mangadi, Kenneth M. Strzepek

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)


Using a computable general equilibrium approach, this study investigates the economy-wide impact of reductions in water resources in South Africa due to climate change. The simulation results show a potentially general deterioration in household welfare. Poor households are the most vulnerable. Short-run policy simulations suggest that this vulnerability can be reduced through welfare policies that maintain food consumption levels for households in the two lowest income quintiles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-278
Number of pages14
JournalWater International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Climate change
  • water availability
  • sectoral output
  • value added
  • household welfare

Cite this