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Domestic solid waste discharge and its determinants in rural China

Domestic solid waste discharge and its determinants in rural China Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the discharge volume of domestic solid waste in rural China and to explore the potential impact of various factors that contribute to it. Design/methodology/approach – The data used in this study come from a large‐scale field survey conducted in six Chinese provinces. Based on the collected survey data, econometric model on the determinants of domestic solid waste discharge was constructed and used for analysis. Findings – Results from the study show that the per capita daily discharge of rural domestic solid waste was close to 1 kg in 2010, slightly less than the urban level of 1.2 kg. Results from descriptive statistical analysis and econometric estimation indicate that by implementing selected policy measures, the discharge of solid waste can be significantly reduced. In addition, the discharge of domestic solid waste is also closely related with local socio‐economic development. In particular, the results show an obvious inverted U‐shaped curve between discharge volume and income. The increase of off‐farm labor opportunities would also reduce solid waste discharge in rural China. Originality/value – This paper focuses on domestic solid waste discharge and its determinants in rural China, a research area very important but seldom reported. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Agricultural Economic Review Emerald Publishing

Domestic solid waste discharge and its determinants in rural China

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1756-137X
DOI
10.1108/CAER-02-2012-0008
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the discharge volume of domestic solid waste in rural China and to explore the potential impact of various factors that contribute to it. Design/methodology/approach – The data used in this study come from a large‐scale field survey conducted in six Chinese provinces. Based on the collected survey data, econometric model on the determinants of domestic solid waste discharge was constructed and used for analysis. Findings – Results from the study show that the per capita daily discharge of rural domestic solid waste was close to 1 kg in 2010, slightly less than the urban level of 1.2 kg. Results from descriptive statistical analysis and econometric estimation indicate that by implementing selected policy measures, the discharge of solid waste can be significantly reduced. In addition, the discharge of domestic solid waste is also closely related with local socio‐economic development. In particular, the results show an obvious inverted U‐shaped curve between discharge volume and income. The increase of off‐farm labor opportunities would also reduce solid waste discharge in rural China. Originality/value – This paper focuses on domestic solid waste discharge and its determinants in rural China, a research area very important but seldom reported.

Journal

China Agricultural Economic ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 15, 2013

Keywords: Determinants; Discharge; Domestic solid waste; Rural China

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