Efficiency or technology adoption: A case study in waste-treatment technology

Shunsuke Managi, Akira Hibiki, Tetsuya Shimane

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Improvements in the effectiveness and efficiency of supply-side waste management are necessary in many countries. In Japan, municipalities with limited budgets have delayed the introduction of new waste-management technologies. Thus, the central government has used subsidies to encourage municipalities to adopt certain new technologies to improve waste-management efficiency. In this study, we measure the efficiency of waste management and explore how technology is related to technical efficiency. We find that municipalities are likely to adopt less-efficient technologies and that the central government's policies are likely to promote inefficient technology adoption by local governments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586-600
Number of pages15
JournalResource and Energy Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


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