The Impact of Environmental Regulations on the Industry Structure of Landfills

Mississippi State U, Agricultural Economics Professional Paper No. 2002-001

35 Pages Posted: 3 May 2002

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Benjamin F. Blair

Mississippi State University - Department of Finance and Economics

Diane Hite

Auburn University - Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

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Date Written: April 2, 2002

Abstract

Over the past 20 years, the environmental regulation of landfills has become increasingly restrictive, both at federal and state levels. We develop a theoretical framework to explain landfill operators' responses to regulatory actions, and then estimate an empirical model of changes in industry structure using a panel dataset of Ohio landfills. Because not all Ohio counties have landfill operations, we hypothesize that there is self selection in the siting of landfills which we account for with an appropriate econometric model. We find that environmental regulations had significant impact both on the location of landfill operations and concentration of the industry during the time period studied.

Keywords: Environmental Regulation, Environmental Economics, Industrial Organization

JEL Classification: Q3, R1, D4, L5

Suggested Citation

Blair, Benjamin F. and Hite, Diane, The Impact of Environmental Regulations on the Industry Structure of Landfills (April 2, 2002). Mississippi State U, Agricultural Economics Professional Paper No. 2002-001, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=307580 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.307580

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