Economics Research Institute Study Paper
Utah State University Department of Economics
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As traditional methods of municipal solid waste management (MSWM) become increasingly expensive due to increased regulation, many local governments are considering cooperation as a waste management strategy. A theoretical model is used to specify a partial observability probability model in which the decision Tennessee counties made to form either a single-county solid waste region or a multi-county region. We find that, while economies of scale may be a factor in the consolidation decision, current and future levels of solid waste services are statistically more important.
Tiller, Kelly H. and Jakus, Paul M., "Explaining Cooperation in Municipal Solid Waste Management" (2004). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 281.