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Selective Sorting of Waste: A Study of Individual Behaviors


  • Ankinée Kirakozian

    () (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis


Our paper aims at understanding the determinants of households' selective waste sorting behavior. Based on data from an original survey of the French PACA Region of 694 individuals, we first apply polychoric principal components analysis to reduce the number of explanatory variables to a set of 7 factors. In a second step, we estimate the probability to sort waste as a function of those factors, using a probit model. The results of our empirical analysis show that the expected relationship between service quality and community recycling activity, and recycling, increases when communities implement an efficient infrastructure. The environmental preferences variables confirm the findings in the literature: proenvironmental preferences increase recycling, lack of environmental preferences has negative impact on social influences. The social influence on recycling behavior has been studied mostly by sociologists and psychologists rather than economists. Our results show also that social influence has a negative impact on recycling, which contrasts with most of the literature which finds a positive relationship of social influence on pro-environmental behavior.

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  • Ankinée Kirakozian, 2013. "Selective Sorting of Waste: A Study of Individual Behaviors," GREDEG Working Papers 2013-49, Groupe de REcherche en Droit, Economie, Gestion (GREDEG CNRS), University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, revised Apr 2014.
  • Handle: RePEc:gre:wpaper:2013-49

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    Recycling; Waste; Public Policy; Econometric Modeling;

    JEL classification:

    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation

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