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Management of Hazardous Waste and Contaminated Land


Hilary Sigman


Rutgers University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Sarah L. Stafford


College of William and Mary - Arts and Sciences; William & Mary Law School

October 2011

Annual Review of Resource Economics, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 255-275, 2011

Abstract:     
Regulation of hazardous waste and cleanup of contaminated sites are two major components of modern public policy for environmental protection. We review the literature on these related areas, with emphasis on empirical analyses. Researchers have identified many behavioral responses to regulation of hazardous waste, including changes in the location of economic activity. However, the drivers behind compliance with these costly regulations remain a puzzle, as most research suggests a limited role for conventional enforcement. Increasingly sophisticated research examines the benefits of cleanup of contaminated sites, yet controversy remains about whether the benefits of cleanup in the United States exceed its costs. Finally, research focusing on the imposition of legal liability for damages from hazardous waste finds advantages and disadvantages of the U.S. reliance on legal liability to pay for cleanup, as opposed to the government-financed approaches more common in Europe.

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Date posted: September 16, 2011  

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Sigman, Hilary and Stafford, Sarah L., Management of Hazardous Waste and Contaminated Land (October 2011). Annual Review of Resource Economics, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 255-275, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1928375 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-resource-083110-120011

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Hilary A. Sigman (Contact Author)
Rutgers University - Department of Economics ( email )
75 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
United States
HOME PAGE: http://econweb.rutgers.edu/sigman
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Sarah L. Stafford
College of William and Mary - Arts and Sciences ( email )
104 E Morton Hall
Williamsburg, VA 23187
United States
William & Mary Law School ( email )
South Henry Street
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
United States
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