Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/56889
Authors: 
Bucciol, Alessandro
Montinari, Natalia
Piovesan, Marco
Year of Publication: 
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

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