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Pro-environmental interventions and behavioral spillovers: Evidence from organic waste sorting in Sweden

Caterina Alacevich (), Petyo Bonev and Magnus Söderberg ()

Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2021, vol. 108, issue C

Abstract: This paper evaluates the behavioral spillover effect of organic waste sorting on households’ waste reduction. We use an administrative household-level dataset on residential waste from a Swedish municipality. To identify the spillover effects, we utilize a natural experiment triggered by the staggered implementation of a policy that introduced home-based organic waste sorting bins. We find a substantial positive spillover effect of waste sorting on waste reduction. The effect, however, disappears over time.

Keywords: Behavioral spillover; Environmental policy; Limited attention; Household waste; Staggered difference-in-differences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D01 D04 D12 D83 D90 H41 O31 Q53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2021.102470

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