Economics ETDs

Publication Date

Fall 11-9-2021


The insurmountable population growth in developing countries, specifically in the urban cities, has posed numerous socio-economic and environmental challenges. The growth of household solid waste is one of them, creating environmental disruption and climate change from a broader perspective. This dissertation investigates three issues related to a solid waste management system; the health risks from improper waste management behavior, household's preference to participate in a waste management system, and the solution to a municipality for optimal allocation of waste disposal by multiple techniques. The first paper uses a primary survey data collected in 2016 to investigate the association between health risks and improper waste management behavior. The second paper deploys a choice experiment method to estimate the preference and willingness to pay for a better solid waste management system. The last paper optimally finds the solution to a municipality for waste disposal allocation in multiple alternatives such as landfilling, recycling, and composting. The first chapter introduces the introduction, motivation, and contribution of the three papers, and the last chapter summarizes the conclusions.

Degree Name


Level of Degree


Department Name

Department of Economics

First Committee Member (Chair)

Dr. Alok K. Bohara

Second Committee Member

Dr. Jingjing Wang

Third Committee Member

Dr. Andrew Goodkind

Fourth Committee Member

Dr. Jennifer Thacher

Fifth Committee Member

Dr. Sakib Mahmud

Project Sponsors

South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE)




Solid Waste Management, Choice Experiment, Spatial Analysis, Health Impacts, Optimal Control Method

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