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Can we buy time? Evaluation of the Swedish government's grant to remediation of contaminated sites
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Management, ISSN 0301-4797, E-ISSN 1095-8630, Vol. 92, no 4, 1303-1313 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The major aim of this paper is to analyze how government funding affects the pace of progress in four states of the remediation process of contaminated sites, from basic risk classification to cleanup. We introduce a methodological framework that takes into account the unobserved site-heterogeneity and simultaneously models duration in the different states. The results show that although site-heterogeneity contributes to make remediation a slow process, the third state, from the elaborate risk classification to the cleanup start, is a particular bottleneck. Even if government funding can speed up the process at this state, the effect is minuscule compared to the amounts of funding required. Thus, there is a need for policy to also focus on other barriers to remediation.

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2011. Vol. 92, no 4, 1303-1313 p.
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Contaminated sites, Discrete mixture model, Duration analysis, Policy evaluation, Remediation, Risk assessment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-160936DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.12.017ISI: 000287785000028OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-160936DiVA: diva2:453632
Available from: 2011-11-03 Created: 2011-11-03 Last updated: 2012-03-08Bibliographically approved

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