Quasi-Experimental Evidence on the Impact of State Deposit Laws and Recycling Laws: Household Recycling Following Interstate Moves

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W. Kip Viscusi

Vanderbilt University - Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Vanderbilt University - Department of Economics; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics

Joel Huber

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business

Jason Bell

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business

Date Written: August 7, 2019

Abstract

This paper measures the effects of recycling and deposit laws based on the impact of changes in recycling environments for households that moved between states. Estimates from panel data on 3,902 households who moved provide a quasi-experimental test of effects of deposit laws and recycling laws that is otherwise not possible given the long-term stability of such laws. Moves to states with deposit policies or more stringent laws each increase the number of materials recycled by ten percent. However, consistent decreases in recycling only occurred for moves from states with deposit laws to states without deposits. The shift to environments with less stringent laws has less of a dampening effect on recycling than the diminished financial incentives from leaving a deposit law state.

Keywords: recycling, deposit laws, environmental laws, household moves, panel data, pro-environmental behavior, quasi-experiments

JEL Classification: K32, Q53, Q30

Suggested Citation

Viscusi, W. Kip and Huber, Joel and Bell, Jason, Quasi-Experimental Evidence on the Impact of State Deposit Laws and Recycling Laws: Household Recycling Following Interstate Moves (August 7, 2019). Vanderbilt Law Research Paper No. 20-07, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3536613 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3536613

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