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Complementing empirical evidence on global recycling and trade of waste paper
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2264-7043
2003 (English)In: World Development, ISSN 0305-750X, E-ISSN 1873-5991, Vol. 31, no 4, p. 743-754Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This comment provides a critical analysis of Van Beukering and Bouman’s [World Development 29 (2001) 1717] article on global paper recycling and trade. We first question their notion that developing countries specialize in waste paper utilization and developed countries in recovery activities primarily because of different patterns of waste paper trade. An increased focus on relative waste paper availability, we argue, provides us with a better understanding of global paper recycling. We also criticize some of the implicit assumptions made in their regression analysis of waste paper utilization rates. An alternative regression model is therefore derived and estimated. In contrast to the approach used by Van Beukering and Bouman our analysis (a) is consistent with basic microeconomic theory; (b) distinguishes clearly between short- and long-run impacts; and (c) produces results that support our initial conjecture that waste paper availability is the most important determinant of waste paper use.

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2003. Vol. 31, no 4, p. 743-754
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-7207DOI: 10.1016/S0305-750X(03)00007-XScopus ID: 2-s2.0-0037378627Local ID: 589a8f80-6f51-11db-962b-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-7207DiVA, id: diva2:980096
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Validerad; 2003; 20061003 (evan)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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