Transboundary Movement of Waste: Second-Hand Markets and Illegal Shipments

29 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2012

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Sophie Bernard

CIRANO and École Polytechnique de Montréal; Polytechnique Montreal

Date Written: December 3, 2011

Abstract

In a stylized model of international trade, firms in the North indirectly export second-hand products to a representative firm in the South to be reused as intermediate goods, with potential trade gains. The level of reusability of waste products is a crucial choice variable in the North. This is because, in the presence of imperfect international monitoring, non-reusable waste can be illegally mixed with reusable waste. I explore the driving forces for illegal waste movement, with a particular focus on local waste regulations such as the EU’s Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

JEL Classification: F18, L10, O13, Q53, Q56

Suggested Citation

Bernard, Sophie, Transboundary Movement of Waste: Second-Hand Markets and Illegal Shipments (December 3, 2011). CIRANO - Scientific Publications 2011s-77. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1999005 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1999005

Sophie Bernard (Contact Author)

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Polytechnique Montreal ( email )

Montreal H3C 3A7, Quebec
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