Estimating Willingness to Pay for Continued Use of Plastic Grocery Bags and Willingness to Accept for Switching Completely to Reusable Bags
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Master of Science (MS)
This thesis demonstrates a surveying method to collect data to obtain tax levels for plastic grocery bag usage. This data was collected through asking respondents about a hypothetical situation in which they were required to pay a tax for using plastic bags or whether they would instead switch to using reusable bags that could be purchased at the grocery store. The respondents were also asked if they already were using reusable bags, how much would the store have to pay them for them to use reusable bags for all grocery shopping trips. From our analysis, people who use reusable bags for some trips would switch to using reusable bags for all trips if they were paid $0.12 per reusable bag that they brought from home. The tax level is hypothesized to be much less; as our findings indicate a small tax can decrease usage of plastic bags considerably.
Dunn, Jarod, "Estimating Willingness to Pay for Continued Use of Plastic Grocery Bags and Willingness to Accept for Switching Completely to Reusable Bags" (2012). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 1282.
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