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

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  • Tiller, Kelly J.
  • 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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  • Tiller, Kelly J. & Jakus, Paul M., 2005. "Applying the Miceli Model to Explain Cooperation in Municipal Solid Waste Management," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 34(02), pages 217-225, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:agrerw:v:34:y:2005:i:02:p:217-225_00
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    1. Ioannidis, Panos, 2015. "Decentralization, Local Government Reforms and Perceptions of Local Actors: The Greek Case," MPRA Paper 66420, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 04 Sep 2015.
    2. Germà Bel & Mildred E. Warner, 2016. "Factors explaining inter-municipal cooperation in service delivery: a meta-regression analysis," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(2), pages 91-115, June.
    3. 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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