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social benefits of WEEE re-use schemes. A cost-benefit analysis for PCs in Spain

Xose Manuel González, Miguel Rodriguez () and Yolanda Pena-Boquete

No 1701, Working Papers. Collection B: Regional and sectoral economics from Universidade de Vigo, GEN - Governance and Economics research Network

Abstract: One goal of the new European legislation set out in WEEE Directive 2012/19 / UE is the promotion of WEEE re-use schemes. However, some authors are rather sceptical about the contribution of WEEE re-use schemes to improve resource efficiency. The main contribution of this paper is to enlarge the empirical literature by providing a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of re-use schemes versus recycling processes of PCs in Spain, evaluating the abatement of environmental impacts. Following recommendations of some authors, this should be a compulsory first step to design adequate policy instruments. Our results suggest that promoting re-use against recycling may reduce environmental costs by 45.20€ per PC. These results provide valuable information to policy makers and think tanks willing to design supporting schemes for re-use over recycling operations.

Keywords: WEEE; re-use schemes; externalities; cost benefit analysis. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R1 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2017-01
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