Spatially and Intertemporally Efficient Waste Management: The Costs of Interstate Flow Control

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Working Paper 1.98

36 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 1998  

Eduardo Ley

World Bank

Molly K. Macauley

Resources for the Future

Stephen W. Salant

University of Michigan; Resources for the Future

Date Written: December 8, 1997

Abstract

We examine the problem of the intertemporal allocation of the solid waste of cities within the United States to spatially distributed landfills and incinerators, taking into account that capacity at existing and potential landfills is scarce. Amendments to the Solid Waste Disposal Act have been proposed to restrict waste flows between states by means of quotas and surcharges. We assess the aggregate surplus loss (and its regional distribution) resulting from proposed policies. In addition, we find that limitations on the size of shipments to any one state will have the perverse effect of substantially increasing interstate waste shipments as states export smaller volumes to more destinations.

JEL Classification: C6, D6, Q3

Suggested Citation

Ley, Eduardo and Macauley, Molly K. and Salant, Stephen W., Spatially and Intertemporally Efficient Waste Management: The Costs of Interstate Flow Control (December 8, 1997). Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Working Paper 1.98. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=70409 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.70409

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