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Determinants of a throwaway society – A sustainable consumption issue


  • McCollough, John


The purpose of this paper is to present a clearer understanding of how several key socio-economic variables impact municipal solid waste (MSW). Although the variables of interest arise from deeply entrenched micro-economic behaviors at the household level, the analysis can be extrapolated to the international level. Two of the variables, which are a time factor and a consumption discount rate, are empirically tested with an international dataset and have been found to be significant predictors of MSW per capita.

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  • McCollough, John, 2012. "Determinants of a throwaway society – A sustainable consumption issue," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 110-117.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:41:y:2012:i:1:p:110-117
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2011.10.014

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    Municipal solid waste; Consumer discount rate; Opportunity cost of time; Durable goods; Reusable goods; Throwaway society; Sustainable consumption;

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    • D - Microeconomics
    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics


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