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Dmitry Kovalevsky (editor), Jiazhong Zhang(editor)
Dmitry Kovalevsky (editor)

Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Fischertwiete 1, 20095 Hamburg, Germany

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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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