Waste Sustainability, Environmental Management and Mafia: Analysing Geographical and Economic Dimensions

37 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2011

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Alessio D'Amato

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics

Massimiliano Mazzanti

University of Ferrara

Francesco Nicolli

University of Ferrara

Date Written: October 21, 2011

Abstract

Waste management/disposal performances and a desirable delinking between income and waste trends are influenced by socio economic, institutional and policy factors. In highly regionalized settings many idiosyncratic factors of local interest influence waste management and disposal. Through an impact on policy enforcement costs, crime activities in a defined area and their geographical spillovers, may negatively affect legal forms of waste management and disposal. Given its high regional heterogeneity and known plague of Mafia in areas affected by recent 'waste crisis‘, Italy is a compelling case study: in full consistence to a theoretical model that analyzes how legal disposal (landfill), illegal disposal and recyclable waste levels are influenced by waste tariff and crime; econometric analysis on Italian provinces, shows that separated collection and legal forms of waste disposal are lower when crime spills are present. Crime activities erode and slow down the enhancement of waste management and disposal brought about by socio economic and structural factors enhanced by the introduction of newly crafted economic minded tariffs.

Keywords: waste tariffs, crime, mafia, waste management and disposal, enforcement costs, recycling

Suggested Citation

D'Amato, Alessio and Mazzanti, Massimiliano and Nicolli, Francesco, Waste Sustainability, Environmental Management and Mafia: Analysing Geographical and Economic Dimensions (October 21, 2011). CEIS Working Paper No. 213. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1947303 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1947303

Alessio D'Amato (Contact Author)

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Via Columbia n.2
Rome, rome 00100
Italy

Massimiliano Mazzanti

University of Ferrara ( email )

C.so Ercole I° d'Este 37
Ferrara, 44100
Italy

Francesco Nicolli

University of Ferrara ( email )

C.so Ercole I° d'Este 37
Ferrara, 44100
Italy

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