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E3 Journal of Environmental Research and Management

E3 Journal of Environmental Research and Management Vol. 4 (8) pp. 0302-0309, September 2013; © E3 Journals; ISSN 2141-7466

Environmental returns to education: an application to waste management in quilmes county of Argentine

Mariana Saidón 1 *
1 Sánchez de Bustamante 27, C1173AAA, CABA, Argentina
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Accepted 21 August 2013


This paper presents estimations about the nascent field of environmental returns to education. It focuses on household solid waste and analyzes the case of the urban district of Quilmes, Argentina.Models were estimated using Two-Stage Probit Least Squares. The results suggest that education would appear to be relevant to explaining knowledge in terms of understanding environmental implications of waste management once agents have been provided with some background information. However, a higher level of education was not significant when explaining the availability of information about the subject. On the other hand, there is evidence of a significant incidence of knowledge – both in terms of availability of information, and understanding – about the likelihood that the public is willing to cooperate (voluntarily) in a recycling program. Therefore, there are positive and significant environmental returns to education through understanding regarding the probability that a person is willing to separate his or her own waste once the agent acquires baseline information about the topic.

Keywords: Environment; Waste Management; Two-Stage Probit Least Squares; Estimation; Return to education; Understanding; Information; Attitudes; Willingness to cooperate

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