Environmental rent-seeking, choice modelling and Australian waste policy

In seeking to gauge the extent of benefits that may be realised through increased recycling, governments have typically been influenced by vocal community groups. In more recent years, governments have explored the use of survey based techniques such as choice modelling, to directly elicit the community’s willingness to pay for increased recycling. This paper canvasses shortcomings inherent in both approaches, and calls for changes in how recycling benefit valuations are made. The paper can be downloaded here.

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