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Residual household waste: from pay-per-bag to pay-per-kg. An evaluation study for Flanders

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  • De Jaeger, Simon


    (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), Belgium)

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    To be in line with the polluter-pays-principle an increasing number of Flemish municipalities have introduced a weight-based pricing system for its residual household waste. Municipalities applying this new pricing scheme are keen to ascribe decreasing waste production to their new pricing system. In order to evaluate the real impact of the weight-based pricing, we propose an extension to the standard difference-in-differences evaluation techniques. The main idea is to use historical observations on waste production to determine which version of the difference-in-differences technique is most suitable to asses the impact of a policy action on waste quantities. The method is easy to apply, which makes this a very useful tool for both scientists as policy makers. Surprisingly, empirical results for Flanders indicate that, on average, municipalities applying the weight-based system didnt perform better than the other municipalities.

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    Paper provided by Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management in its series Working Papers with number 2009/35.

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    Length: 30 page
    Date of creation: Sep 2009
    Publication status: published in Waste Management & Research, vol. 28(4), p. 330-339
    Handle: RePEc:hub:wpecon:200935
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