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


  • De Jaeger, Simon

    () (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), Belgium)


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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  • De Jaeger, Simon, 2009. "Residual household waste: from pay-per-bag to pay-per-kg. An evaluation study for Flanders," Working Papers 2009/35, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:hub:wpecon:200935

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    1. Christopher A. T. Ferro & Johan Segers, 2003. "Inference for clusters of extreme values," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 65(2), pages 545-556.
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