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Regulating the Dutch Waste Market


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  • E. Dijkgraaf

    (Erasmus University Rotterdam, ECRi, SEOR)


Elbert Dijkgraaf defended his PhD-thesis 'Regulating the Dutch Waste Market' at 5 november 2004. This thesis analyses whether the risen costs of waste collection and treatment can be diminished by changing policy instruments. The thesis shows that user fees are very effective in reducing the total waste quantity, while they also result in better separation behavior. Furthermore, the use of contracting out to private or public firms reduces total collection costs. Third, a social cost benefit analysis, in which environmental effects are included, shows that landfilling is much cheaper than incineration. Finally, the use of international competition might reduce treatment costs. In total the thesis concludes that a cost saving of nearly 40% of current costs is possible when all four changes are implemented.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Industrial Organization with number 0502005.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 08 Feb 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:0502005

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Keywords: Waste market; collection; treatment; landfilling; incineration; contracting out; cost-benefit analysis; model;

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  1. Heijnen, P., 2007. "The diffusion of differentiated waste disposal taxes in the Netherlands," CeNDEF Working Papers 07-09, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance.


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