Small Incentives Matter: promoting waste recycling among household solid waste generators
AbstractThe negative impacts of inappropriate accumulation of urban solid waste is a public health and environmental issue. The problem is an issue about the preservation of social and economic order, too. With the sanction of the Solid Waste National Policy in 2010, recycling has become a well-defined political objective at all levels of government. This paper presents a behavioral experiment simulating a legal provision of the policy on individuals and the results obtained. The methodology is inspired by current scientific “Law and Economics”, which proposes to prepare a prognosis about the consequences of human behavior from a set of laws and what it encourages, and “Behavioral Economics”, which seeks to examine the behavior of economic agents in the presence of aspects that skew their decision making. This paper presents an outline of a field experiment involving donors batteries targets of an incentive policy (with a small monetary reward) in return for greater effort in generating the positive externalities.
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