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Convergence of waste-related indicators of environmental quality in Italy


  • Francesco Nicolli



This study tests the presence of convergence in the main municipal solid waste-related indicators across Italy. In the last decade the waste sector has experienced a profound transformation, both at a European and an Italian level, a transformation in which landfill is losing its primary role as the main means of waste disposal, and other activities, like recycling and incineration, are becoming increasingly important. In this context, β and σ tests of convergence can tell us more about the distribution of the three different rival choices of waste disposal, by assessing the geographic characteristics of this transformation and helping us to obtain a deeper understanding of the effects of European and national policies. Moreover, environmental policies, as well as social polarization and organized crime, may play an extremely relevant role in this scenario, which may influence waste management performances and render the policy environment less stable and less secure. Copyright Springer 2012

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  • Francesco Nicolli, 2012. "Convergence of waste-related indicators of environmental quality in Italy," Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Springer;Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies - SEEPS, vol. 14(4), pages 383-401, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:envpol:v:14:y:2012:i:4:p:383-401
    DOI: 10.1007/s10018-012-0042-6

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    1. Massimiliano Mazzanti & Francesco Nicolli & Dario Biolcati Rinaldi, 2012. "Multi-Tasking in the Waste Realm.Theoretical and Empirical Insights on Management and Disposal Performances," EuroEconomica, Danubius University of Galati, issue 5(31), pages 88-101, December.
    2. Alessio D’Amato & Shunsuke Managi & Massimiliano Mazzanti, 2012. "Economics of waste management and disposal: decoupling, policy enforcement and spatial factors," Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Springer;Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies - SEEPS, vol. 14(4), pages 323-325, October.
    3. Alessio D'Amato & Massimiliano Mazzanti & Francesco Nicolli & Mariangela Zoli, 2014. "Illegal Waste Disposal, Territorial Enforcement and Policy. Evidence from regional data," SEEDS Working Papers 0314, SEEDS, Sustainability Environmental Economics and Dynamics Studies, revised Feb 2014.

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    Waste tariffs; Waste management and disposal; Convergence; Policy endogeneity; Social polarization; Q53; P48;

    JEL classification:

    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • P48 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Regional Studies


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