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Sustainability 2017, 9(1), 110; doi:10.3390/su9010110

Determinants of Residential Solid Waste Management Services Provision: A Village-Level Analysis in Rural China

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Institute of Poyang Lake Eco-Economics, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, Nanchang 330013, China
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College of Economics and Management, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
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China Academy of Rural Development, Zhejiang University, No. 388 Yuhangtang Road, Hangzhou 310058, China
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Academic Editors: Yongrok Choi, Malin Song and Seunghwan Myeong
Received: 30 November 2016 / Revised: 9 January 2017 / Accepted: 10 January 2017 / Published: 13 January 2017
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Abstract

Providing residential solid waste collection (RSWC) services is the first and most indispensable part of residential solid waste management and is crucial for rural environment protection. This paper seeks to analyze the determinants of RSWC services’ provision at the village level, based on a latest survey data set of 150 villages in the Poyang Lake Eco-Economic Zone (PLEEZ) in Jiangxi Province. Using a Probit regression model and a Bivariate Probit regression model, our results indicated that: (1) The provision of RSWC services is not evenly distributed and richer villages have more RSWC services; (2) A showcasing phenomenon exists in the provision of RSWC services. Villages that are more populous, nearer to the township government, and located in the new countryside and old liberated areas saw an increase in the provision of RSWC facilities, services that will more easily showcase village leaders’ political achievement, while the provision of RSWC workers and both RSWC facilities and workers, services that will less easily showcase village leaders’ political achievement, do not increase in these villages; (3) Informal governance characteristics, such as the ratio of largest family clans, whether village leaders come from the village’s largest family clans, and the number of people working in the upper-level government have strong predictive power over the provision of RSWC services, while formal governance characteristics, such as elections, do not matter in RSWC services’ provision. View Full-Text
Keywords: residential solid waste management; public goods; informal governance; Bivariate Probit residential solid waste management; public goods; informal governance; Bivariate Probit
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Pan, D.; Ying, R.; Huang, Z. Determinants of Residential Solid Waste Management Services Provision: A Village-Level Analysis in Rural China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 110.

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