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Vol.5 2014.11.12 Hide-fumi YOKOO
The Economics of Waste Management and International Recycling of Resources
In this lecture, we will learn about the actuality of policy making and evaluation from environmental economics, focusing on waste management and recycling policies.
We engage in economic activities of producing what people want, trading and consuming the goods. Following this process of production and consumption, unnecessary things are generated and disposed of. These are what we call wastes. Dealing with those wastes, things that are deemed “worthless” for the society, requires human labor and lands. It is inefficient for each of us to take charge of waste disposal individually. For this reason, national governments and local authorities collect and appropriately manage wastes. In addition, various recycling policies are being implemented in order to reduce the amount of wastes to the level acceptable for the society.
In this lecture, we will have an overview of waste management and recycling policies in the world through concrete examples of Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam. We will also learn about research results of waste management and recycling policies in the field of environmental economics that applies economics to make and evaluate environmental policies. Finally, we will think about efficient waste management and recycling policies.
- Hide-fumi YOKOO
- Researcher in the International Material Cycles Research Section, Center for Material Cycles and Waste Management Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies) His speciality is environmental and natural resource economics. He is interested in the topics of waste management and recycling. He acquired his Ph.D. in Economics from Kyoto University in 2010. He worked for the NIES as a special researcher and in the department of international studies, University of Tokyo as an assistant professor. He has been in his present post since 2014. His literary works include: “Global reuse and optimal waste policy”（in collaboration with Thomas C. Kinnaman）, “An economic theory of reuse”. His outside interests include baseball.
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