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Handbook on Waste Management

Edited by Thomas C. Kinnaman, Professor of Economics, Bucknell University, US and Kenji Takeuchi, Professor of Economics, Kobe University, Japan
The significant challenges associated with managing waste continues to attract international scholarly attention. This international handbook scrutinizes both developed and developing economies. It comprises original contributions from many of the most prominent scholars researching this topic. Consisting primarily of empirical research efforts – though theoretical underpinnings are also explored thoroughly – the handbook serves to further the understanding of the behaviors of waste generators and waste processors and the array of policies influencing these behaviors.
Extent: 480 pp
Hardback Price: £140.00 Web: £126.00
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 978 0 85793 685 1
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The significant challenges associated with managing waste continue to attract international scholarly attention. This international Handbook scrutinizes both developed and developing economies. It comprises original contributions from many of the most prominent scholars researching this topic. Consisting primarily of empirical research efforts – although theoretical underpinnings are also explored thoroughly – the Handbook serves to further the understanding of the behaviors of waste generators and waste processors and the array of policies influencing these behaviors.

The Handbook reveals how, broadly speaking, research in the area of waste management appears to be motivated by two sources of intellectual curiosity. First is the attempt to directly or indirectly inform our understanding of the development of solid waste policy. Economic incentives, including advanced disposal fees, recycling subsidies, unit-based pricing programs, and landfill taxes, appear commonly across developed countries, and understanding how effective these policies are at diverting waste is examined carefully in the Handbook. Second, other economists are motivated to study solid waste management decisions as an avenue to understanding how incentives and norms affect individual behavior. The blossoming area of behavioral economics is especially appropriate for application to solid waste management decisions, and the Handbook contains new research contributions that add to this expanding literature.

Readership will be broad including academic economists researching waste issues and researchers specializing in waste management and more widely in environmental policy, behavioral economics, and public economics. International policymakers engaged in waste management decisions will find the work enlightening.
Contributors: A. Abbott, G. Abrate, A. Bucciol, S. Das, E. Dijkgraaf, Fabrizio Erbetta, I. Ferrara, G. Fraquelli, R. Gradus, J.M. Halstead, E.B. Hosoda, J-C. Huang, D. Ichinose, S. MacBride, S. Matsumoto, M. Mazzanti, P. Missios, N. Montinari, A. Montini, S. Nandeibam, D. Numata, L. O’Shea, M. Piovesan, N. Prasad, T. Sasao, T. Shinkuma, H. Sugeta, D. Vannoni, C. Wright, M. Yamamoto, H-F. Yokoo, Y. Yoshida,
Contents:

1. The History and Future of Municipal Solid Waste Characterization: New York City and the Study of Fortunes in Refuse
Samantha MacBride

PART I: BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS AND WASTE MANAGEMENT
2. Is There a Social Norm to Recycle?
Andrew Abbott, Shasikanta Nandeibam and Lucy O’Shea

3. Household Waste Management: Waste Generation, Recycling and Waste Prevention
Isa Ferrara and Paul Missios

4. Environmental Volunteer Activities in Local Waste Management
Shigeru Matsumoto

5. Household Preferences for Alternative Trash and Recycling Services in Small Towns: Is Single Stream the Future of Rural Recycling?
Christopher Wright, John M. Halstead and Ju-Chin Huang

PART II: FRONTIERS IN WASTE MANAGEMENT RESEARCH
6. Does the NIMBY Strategy Really Promote a Self-interest? Evidence from England’s Waste Management Policy
Masashi Yamamoto and Yuichiro Yoshida

7. Industrial Waste Shipments and Trade Restrictions
Toshiaki Sasao

8. International Aspects of Waste Management: The Waste Haven Effect on Global Reuse
Hide-Fumi Yokoo

9. An Initiative Towards Curbing the Usage of Plastic Bags in Supermarkets: A Case Study in Chennai, India
Sukanya Das and Nethravathi Prasad

10. Waste Management Beyond the Italian North–South Divide: Spatial Analyses of Geographical, Economic and Institutional Dimensions
Massimiliano Mazzanti and Anna Montini

PART III: ADVANCES IN WASTE MANAGEMENT RESEARCH
11. Waste Management in the Netherlands
Elbert Dijkgraaf and Raymond Gradus

12. Do Not Miss the Opportunity! When to Introduce Monetary Incentives
Alessandro Bucciol, Natalia Montinari and Marco Piovesan

13. Optimal Trade and Recycling Policies in Vertically Related Markets
Hajime Sugeta and Takayoshi Shinkuma

14. Factors in Determining Demand for Reusable Glass Bottles
Daisuke Numata

15. Double Asymmetry of Information in a Waste Treatment Contract
Daisuke Ichinose and Eiji B. Hosoda

16. Size and Density Economies in Refuse Collection
Graziano Abrate, Fabrizio Erbetta, Giovanni Fraquelli and Davide Vannoni

Index