The Economics of Waste Management: Evidence from the Czech Republic and Slovakia

  • Beata Mikusova Merickova Matej Bel University, Faculty of Economics, Tajovskeho 10, 97401 Banska Bystrica
  • Juraj Nemec Masaryk University, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Lipová 41a, 60200 Brno
  • Jana Soukopova Masaryk University, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Lipová 41a, 60200 Brno
Keywords: contracting, economies of scale, waste management, Czech Republic, Slovakia

Abstract

This article investigates conditions in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to answer the following questions: Is there any evidence of an optimum mode of waste management provision? Do economies of scale exist in waste management in the Czech Republic? Data from the Czech Republic and Slovakia did not confirm internal or external provision of waste management services as better. The analysis of waste management costs in the Czech Republic did not confirm the existence of economies of scale; however, in municipalities with fewer than 4000 inhabitants, the cost curve is U shaped with an optimum somewhere at the level of 2000 inhabitants.

Author Biographies

Beata Mikusova Merickova, Matej Bel University, Faculty of Economics, Tajovskeho 10, 97401 Banska Bystrica
Associate Professor
Juraj Nemec, Masaryk University, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Lipová 41a, 60200 Brno
Professor
Jana Soukopova, Masaryk University, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Lipová 41a, 60200 Brno
Assistant Professor
Published
2014-07-09
Section
Articles