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A Cross-Country Study of Household Waste Prevention and Recycling: Assessing the Effectiveness of Policy Instruments

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  • Ida Ferrara
  • Paul Missios

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With worldwide concern for how and where to dispose of household waste, policy makers are increasingly looking for tools to efficiently and effectively reduce the amount of waste households produce. Using a comprehensive household-level data set involving 10,251 respondents from a crosssection of 10 countries (Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden), we examine waste policy, recycling behavior, and waste prevention. Unlike previous work, we empirically make comparisons across countries, incorporate attitudinal characteristics and a wide range of policy instruments, and allow for interdependence of decisions about recycling different materials.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 88 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 710-744

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:88:y:2012:iv:1:p:710-744

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Cited by:
  1. Philippe Polomé, 2013. "Mimic Behavior in Home Waste-waters Management," Working Papers, HAL halshs-00855051, HAL.
  2. Philippe Polomé, 2013. "Limited higher order beliefs and the welfare effects of public information," Working Papers, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Université Lyon 2, Ecole Normale Supérieure 1325, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Université Lyon 2, Ecole Normale Supérieure.
  3. Paul Missios & Ida Ferrara, 2012. "Does Waste Management Policy Crowd out Social and Moral Motives for Recycling?," Working Papers, Ryerson University, Department of Economics 031, Ryerson University, Department of Economics.

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