An Infrastructure Problem in Ecological Economics: Solar Battery Recycling in Rural Electrification
35 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2008 Last revised: 29 Aug 2008
Date Written: August 27, 2008
This paper introduces an incentive incompatibility problem that causes dramatic damage to delicate ecosystems. The aim is to rethink policies that facilitate the introduction of aggressive solid waste in markets with an imperfect infrastructure and in the absence of a secondary market for the solid waste. We sketch a case study in Nepal, where rural electrification through solar systems leads to the dumping of used batteries.
Keywords: Solid waste, incentive incompatibility problem, renewable energy, battery recycling
JEL Classification: Q01, Q42, Q57
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