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social benefits of WEEE re-use schemes. A cost-benefit analysis for PCs in Spain


  • Xose Manuel González
  • Miguel Rodríguez
  • Yolanda Pena-Boquete


One goal of the new European legislation set out in WEEE Directive 2012/19 / UE is the promotion of WEEE re-use schemes. However, some authors are rather sceptical about the contribution of WEEE re-use schemes to improve resource efficiency. The main contribution of this paper is to enlarge the empirical literature by providing a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of re-use schemes versus recycling processes of PCs in Spain, evaluating the abatement of environmental impacts. Following recommendations of some authors, this should be a compulsory first step to design adequate policy instruments. Our results suggest that promoting re-use against recycling may reduce environmental costs by 45.20€ per PC. These results provide valuable information to policy makers and think tanks willing to design supporting schemes for re-use over recycling operations.

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  • Xose Manuel González & Miguel Rodríguez & Yolanda Pena-Boquete, 2017. "social benefits of WEEE re-use schemes. A cost-benefit analysis for PCs in Spain," Working Papers. Collection B: Regional and sectoral economics 1701, Universidade de Vigo, GEN - Governance and Economics research Network.
  • Handle: RePEc:gov:wpregi:1701

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    1. Johansson,Per-Olov, 1993. "Cost-Benefit Analysis of Environmental Change," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521447928.
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    1. Michael Johnson & Kathleen McMahon & Colin Fitzpatrick, 2020. "A Preparation for Reuse Trial of Washing Machines in Ireland," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(3), pages 1-15, February.

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    WEEE; re-use schemes; externalities; cost benefit analysis.;

    JEL classification:

    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)


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