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A Cross-Country Study of Waste Prevention and Recycling

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  • Paul Missios

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    (Department of Economics, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)

  • Ida Ferrara

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    (DEpartment of Economics, York University, Toronto, Canada)

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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 cross-section of ten 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 allow for potential correlation between the decisions of recycling different materials.

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Paper provided by Ryerson University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 028.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2011
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Handle: RePEc:rye:wpaper:wp028

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Keywords: waste management; recycling; waste prevention; environmental policy;

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  1. Alessandro Bucciol & Natalia Montinari & Marco Piovesan, 2011. "Do not Trash the Incentive! Monetary incentives and waste sorting," Jena Economic Research Papers 2011-058, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.

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