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

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

No 2006, Economics Working Paper Series from University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science

Abstract: This paper evaluates the spillover effect of a pro-environmental policy that introduced organicwaste sorting bins on a non-targeted behavior: total household waste. Using an administrativedataset on household waste from Sweden, we find large reductions in waste due to (i) information about the benefits of organic waste recycling and (ii) the provision of organicwaste bins. Our empirical strategy utilises spatial random variation in the administrative implementation of the reform. Our findings are compatible with attention spillovers in a framework with limited attention.

Keywords: Behavioral spillovers; environmental policy; limited attention; household waste; staggered difference-in-difference (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D01 D04 D12 D83 D9 H41 O31 Q5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2020-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-env, nep-eur and nep-res
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