An economic analysis of household waste management

Chongwoo Choe, Iain Fraser

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This paper provides a comprehensive model of household waste management policy incorporating the possibility of waste reduction effort by the firm and the household and of illegal waste disposal by the household. When household waste reduction effort is insignificant, the first-best optimum can be achieved using various combinations of environmental tax on the firm and waste collection charge on the household. However, when household waste reduction effort is significant, the first-best optimum is not achievable and explicit monitoring of illegal waste disposal is needed, rendering a simple Pigouvian tax sub-optimal. This paper solves for the second-best optimal policy and provides some comparative statics of the optimal policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-246
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Environmental Economics and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Illegal dumping
  • Optimal household waste management
  • Waste reduction

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