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Waste management in the developing world: An empirical study analysing determinants of household recycling in Kolkata, India
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Sustainable waste management is becoming increasingly important in fast growing cities and call for appropriate waste management policies. An important factor to have in mind when designing policies is what drives households to recycle. This study aims at exploring the determinants of household recycling among middle class inhabitants of Kolkata, India. A multiple regression analysis was conducted to investigate the relative importance of selected determining variables on actual household recycling. A number of statistically significant results were found, although many coefficients were small. Attitude towards recycling was the most consistent significantly determining variable, showing a positive effect on household recycling. Residence type and income also showed significant effects on recycling. Using our findings and an overview of policy alternatives for Kolkata, we argue that a suitable first reform to increase recycling would be to formalize the informal market, improving conditions for the poor who currently operate in the recycling market.

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2016.
Keyword [en]
Household recycling, recycling, waste management, lower-middle income countries, India
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-303306OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-303306DiVA: diva2:971310
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Available from: 2016-09-16 Created: 2016-09-16 Last updated: 2016-09-16Bibliographically approved

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