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António Mendes Lopes (editor), Jiazhong Zhang(editor)
António Mendes Lopes (editor)

University of Porto, Portugal


Jiazhong Zhang (editor)

School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province 710049, China

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What are the Driving Factors of the Landfill Disposal Rate in Italy? A Semi- Parametric Analysis for Policy Implications

Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management 5(2) (2017) 133--144 | DOI:10.5890/JEAM.2017.06.005

Massimiliano Agovino$^{1}$, Mariaconcetta Casaccia$^{2}$, Maria Ferrara$^{1}$, Antonio Garofalo$^{1}$

$^{1}$ Department of Economic and Legal Studies – University of Naples “Parthenope”, Via Generale Parisi, 13; 80132; Napoli, Italy

$^{2}$ Department of Philosophical, Pedagogical and Economic-Quantitative Sciences. University “G. D’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara. Viale Pindaro, 42 - 65127 Pescara (Italy)

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This paper aims to investigate the driving factors of the Landfill Disposal Rate (LDR) on Italian territory and attempts to provide some policy recommendation to reduce it. Hence, we implement a two-step analysis. First, we perform a cluster analysis (CA) to 103 Italian provinces on the LDR driving factors. Second, in the light of the CA results, we implement a semi-parametric estimator in order to identify two components of the LDR distribution: the effects of the coefficients and the effects of the characteristics. The paper documents a considerable heterogeneity among the 103 Italian provinces under consideration. This emphasizes that policy makers cannot consider a unique policy recommendation to reduce landfill. Rather policy interventions must be differentiate according to such a heterogeneity.


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