Spatially and Intertemporally Efficient Waste Management: The Costs of Interstate Flow Control
Molly K. Macauley
Resources for the Future
Stephen W. Salant
University of Michigan; Resources for the Future
December 8, 1997
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Working Paper 1.98
We examine the problem of the intertemporal allocation of the solid waste of cities within the United States to spatially distributed landfills and incinerators, taking into account that capacity at existing and potential landfills is scarce. Amendments to the Solid Waste Disposal Act have been proposed to restrict waste flows between states by means of quotas and surcharges. We assess the aggregate surplus loss (and its regional distribution) resulting from proposed policies. In addition, we find that limitations on the size of shipments to any one state will have the perverse effect of substantially increasing interstate waste shipments as states export smaller volumes to more destinations.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
JEL Classification: C6, D6, Q3working papers series
Date posted: April 2, 1998
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