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Households' Willingness To Pay For Improved Solid Waste Management: The Case Of Mekelle City, Ethiopia


Collecting, transporting and disposing of municipal solid wastes presents formidable challenges to many Third World cities including serious cost recovery problems. The aim of this paper is to estimate the households' willingness to pay (WTP) for improved solid waste management (SWM) in Mekelle city, Ethiopia. Contingent valuation method (CVM) is used as a method of valuation. In addition, probit and tobit models were used in the empirical analysis to determine the factors that influence the WTP and the maximum WTP of households for improved SWM. The results reveal that WTP of households for improved solid waste management are significantly related to income, awareness of environmental quality and age of the household head. Besides, results also reveal that their maximum WTP is proportional to the amount of solid waste generated and type of solid waste service demanded by the household, among others. The current payment for sanitation in the city is far below the WTP of the residents and the mean WTP found in this study can be used by policy makers for decision making in determining the service fee for the improved solid waste management

Corporate Author: 
Getnet Alemu & Worku Gebeyehu (Editor) & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
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non-market valuation

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willingness to pay

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Broad Subject heading: 
municipal solid waste management
Call Number: 
330.963 PRO 2011
Serial Key Title: 
Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
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Publication date: 
2013-06-27 23:11:00
Forum or Discussion date: 
2013-02-27 15:43:09
Place of publication: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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