The Sopranos Redux: The Empirical Economics of Waste Crime

32 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2010

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Christian Almer

University of Bath - Department of Economics

Timo Goeschl

University of Heidelberg - Alfred Weber Institute for Economics

Date Written: June 26, 2010

Abstract

Illegal waste disposal is one of the most important environmental problems worldwide. An increasing number of countries apply criminal sanctioning to environmental offenders, based on the notion, but without any evidence that such sanctions provide deterrence. The present paper studies the determinants of waste crime in one German state. Using panel data the paper finds evidence in support of the deterrence hypothesis, especially for the first stages of enforcement. At the same time, deterrence is modulated by additional factors: Violations appear to be treated differently depending on their local political economy context.

Keywords: Illegal Waste Disposal, Criminal Enforcement, Deterrence, Dynamic Panel Data

JEL Classification: Q53, K32, K42, C23

Suggested Citation

Almer, Christian and Goeschl, Timo, The Sopranos Redux: The Empirical Economics of Waste Crime (June 26, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1630862 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1630862

Christian Almer (Contact Author)

University of Bath - Department of Economics ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Timo Goeschl

University of Heidelberg - Alfred Weber Institute for Economics ( email )

Bergheimer Str. 20
D-69115 Heidelberg
Germany

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