An Optimal Socialist Cooperative Game Theory Model in Agricultural Sector (Case Study: Dezful-Andimeshk Plain)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Faculty of Civil Engineering, Semnan University, Semnan, Iran.

2 Faculty of Civil Engineering, Semnan University, Semnan, Iran

3 Faculty of Civil, Water and Environmental Engineering, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

4 Department of Mathematics, Semnan University, Iran


The increase in exploitation from aquifers in an unbalanced way to meet the growing demands of agriculture has led to a decrease in the groundwater levels and as a result, an increase in the cumulative groundwater-reservoir deficit. In the long run, this will also reduce profits from agriculture due to declining water table levels and rising water extraction costs. In this article, is proposed the application of a socialist cooperative game for propensity to cooperate and improve agriculture's cumulative net benefit and stimulate the balanced use of groundwater. The purpose of this approach is to prevent groundwater level drawdown and compensate for part of the groundwater-reservoir deficit in the Dezful-Andimeshk plain, southwest of Iran. In this study, the consumer behavior, as one of the main factors in groundwater resources management has been investigated. This method has been derived from the socialist cooperative game theory, taking the consumer as an effective factor on water table drawdown, and envisioned in the form of an eco-socialism model. Results revealed that maximum water table drawdown will be reduced by 21%, and as a result, 16 million cubic meters (MCM) of groundwater reservoir deficit will be compensated and the net benefit from agricultural activities will also increase by 26%.


Volume 12, Special Issue
January 2021
Pages 719-731
  • Receive Date: 16 May 2021
  • Accept Date: 20 July 2021
  • First Publish Date: 20 July 2021