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Applying the Miceli Model to Explain Cooperation in Municipal Solid Waste Management

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  • Tiller, Kelly
  • Jakus, Paul M.

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As traditional methods of municipal solid waste management (MSWM) become increasingly expensive due to increased regulation, many local governments are considering cooperation as a waste management strategy. A theoretical model is used to specify a partial observability probability model to analyze the decision Tennessee counties made to form either a single-county solid waste region or a multi-county region. We find that, while economies of scale may be a factor in the consolidation decision, similarities and differences between counties in current individual provision levels of solid waste services, ability to pay for services, and expectations for future solid waste service demands are statistically more important.

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Article provided by Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association in its journal Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.

Volume (Year): 34 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (October)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:arerjl:10244

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Keywords: regional cooperation; municipal solid waste; waste management; regionalization; Public Economics;

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  1. Germà Bel & Xavier Fageda & Melania Mur, 2011. "Why do municipalities cooperate to provide local public services? An empirical analysis," IREA Working Papers 201118, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Oct 2011.

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