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Games 2016, 7(3), 21; doi:10.3390/g7030021

Promoting Residential Recycling: An Alternative Policy Based on a Recycling Reward System

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025 Townsend Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
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111C Hulbert Hall, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, USA
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111E Hulbert Hall, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, USA
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Received: 16 June 2016 / Revised: 8 August 2016 / Accepted: 11 August 2016 / Published: 17 August 2016
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Abstract

This paper analyzes a reward system that uses a club good to promote recycling. In particular, we examine a context of incomplete information in which the administrator is unable to observe the resident’s attitude towards recycling. The results suggest that despite the lack of information, the administrator is able to induce all types of residents to recycle when the reward is sufficiently high. Furthermore, we show that education programs, technologies that help to reduce the residential recycling cost and penalties for garbage dumping are complementary tools that could also promote recycling. View Full-Text
Keywords: recycling; signaling games; environmental benefit; social welfare recycling; signaling games; environmental benefit; social welfare
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Li, T.; Espínola-Arredondo, A.; McCluskey, J.J. Promoting Residential Recycling: An Alternative Policy Based on a Recycling Reward System. Games 2016, 7, 21.

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