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Where Did Our NIMBY Go? The Spatial Concentration of Waste Landfill Sites in Japan

Yuichi Ishimura () and Kenji Takeuchi ()
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Yuichi Ishimura: Faculty of Management Information, Kyoto College of Economics

No 1818, Discussion Papers from Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University

Abstract: This study investigates the spatial concentration of waste landfill sites over two decades. Using a unique dataset of 2,164 industrial-waste landfill sites from 1992 to 2012, we find a persistent spatial concentration of sites managed by private companies. The empirical results show that the economic factors and the existence of other waste-related facilities have a positive effect on the location of private landfill sites. Interestingly, this relationship was fairly stable for 20 years despite a significant decline in the number of sites in operation. The results suggest the difficulty in addressing NIMBY "not in my backyard" issues without public intervention.

Keywords: Waste landfill site; Industrial waste; Spatial econometrics; NIMBY; Japan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 Q53 R39 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-env and nep-ure
Date: 2018-05
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