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Policies for Green Design
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (1998)
  • Don Fullerton, University of Texas at Austin
  • Wenbo Wu, Carnegie Mellon University
A simple general equilibrium model is used to analyze disposal-content fees, subsidies for recyclable designs, unit-pricing of household disposal, deposit-refund systems, and manufacturer “take-back” requirements. Firms use primary and recycled inputs to produce output that has two “attributes”: packaging per unit output, and recyclability. If households pay the social cost of disposal, then they send the right signals to producers to reduce packaging and to design products that can more easily be recycled. If garbage is collected for free, then socially optimum attributes can still be achieved by a tax on producers’ use of packaging and subsidy to recyclable designs.
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Don Fullerton and Wenbo Wu. "Policies for Green Design" Journal of Environmental Economics and Management Vol. 36 (1998)
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