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Alternative approaches to pollution control and waste management : regulatory and economic instruments (English)

The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of the most common strategies and policy instruments (that is, regulatory and economic) used in developed and developing countries to achieve pollution control and waste management objectives. Although this topic has been at the center of theoretical controversy both within and outside the World Bank, this paper is not intended to contribute to this debate. Rather, its purpose is to explore how regulatory and economic instruments are used to control air and water pollution, protect ground water, and manage solid and hazardous wastes. The paper is directed to policy makers at the national, state, and local levels of government, as well as to other parties responsible for pollution control and waste management programs. Given the lack of consensus in this area, the paper does not intend to provide normative guidelines.


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    Bernstein, Janis D.

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    Alternative approaches to pollution control and waste management : regulatory and economic instruments

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Bernstein, Janis D.

Alternative approaches to pollution control and waste management : regulatory and economic instruments (English). Urban management program discussion paper ; UMPP no. 3 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.