The increasing scarcity of land and the ever-rising amount of waste produced worldwide, coupled with the consequent change of focus by policy makers from waste disposal and recovery to waste prevention is boosting research in the 'economics of waste'.
This volume addresses waste-management and waste-disposal issues, embedding them in spatial, systemic and trade-related frameworks. The collection is policy oriented, including socio-economic and political science perspectives in order to provide an understanding of real world phenomena, and thus maximize its value for policy making.
The book includes contributions on the linkages between income and waste generation and landfilling (such as the ‘waste Kuznets curve’ conceptual framework), in addition to papers that bring together policy-oriented analysis of instrument effectiveness and the spatial nature of waste phenomena. On top of this, there are pieces of research emphasizing technological spillovers and trade at interregional and intercountry levels. The comparative analysis of policy effectiveness and efficiency at the regional and country levels is also covered, including the assessment of the potential role of illegal management of waste in determining waste performance. To give a spatial and comparative flavour, the book includes work on the evaluation of waste-related externalities, with examples covering household, industrial and special waste.
The wide set of methodologies and issues included in this book make it a comprehensive starting point for scholars and policy makers interested in waste-related research.
Introduction Alessio D'Amato, Massimiliano Mazzanti and Anna Montini Part I: The Italian Environment of Waste Management: Spatial analyses, convergence, illegal markets and policy assessments 1. A |Dynamic Assessment of Italian Landfill Taxes Dario Biolcati Rinaldi, Francesco Nicolli, Virginia Turchi and Michela Zappaterra 2. Measuring the Impact of Economic Incentives in Waste Sorting Alessandro Bucciol, Natalia Montinari, Marco Piovesan and Lorenzo Valmasoni 3. Waste Generation and Delinking: A theoretical model with empirical application to the Italian municipalities Graziano Abrate and Matteo Ferraris 4. A Note on Illegal Waste Disposal, Corruption and Enforcement Alessio D’Amato and Mariangela Zoli 5. Separate Collection Target: Why 65% in 2012? Campania case study Giacomo D’Alisa and Maria Federica Di Nola Part II: The International Setting: Waste trade drivers, convergence and policy making in spatial-framed environments 6. International Waste Trade: Impacts and drivers Massimiliano Mazzanti and Roberto Zoboli 7. Do Weak Environmental Regulations Determine the Location of US Exports of SLABs and Lead Waste? Derek Kellenberg 8. The Political Cost of Residual Municipal Solid Waste Taxation: Perception versus reality Simon De Jaeger