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Title:Do not trash the incentive! Monetary incentives and waste sorting PDF Logo
Authors:Bucciol, Alessandro
Montinari, Natalia
Piovesan, Marco
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Jena economic research papers 2011,058
Abstract:This paper examines whether monetary incentives are an effective tool for increasing domestic waste sorting. We exploit the exogenous variation in the waste management policies experienced during the years 1999-2008 by the 95 municipalities in the district of Treviso (Italy). We estimate with a panel analysis that pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) incentive schemes increase by 12.3% the sorted-total waste ratio. This increase reflects a change in the behavior of households, who keep unaltered the production of total waste but sort it to a larger extent. Our data show that household behavior is also influenced by the policies of adjacent municipalities.
Subjects:incentives
environment
waste management
PAYT
JEL:D01
D78
Q53
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Jena Economic Research Papers, MPI für Ökonomik

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