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Locating Hazardous Waste Facilities: The Influence of NIMBY Beliefs

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Peter Groothuis Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
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Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: The 'Not-In-My-Backyard' (NIMBY) syndrome is analyzed in economic decision making. Belief statements that reflect specific NIMBY concerns are subjected to factor analysis and the structure reveals two dimensions: tolerance and avoidance. Tolerance reflects an acceptance of rational economic arguments regarding the siting of a hazardous waste facility and avoidance reflects a more personal fear-of-consequences. Analysis identifies demographic characteristics of individuals likely to exhibit these two beliefs. These beliefs also are shown to influence the acceptance of a hazardous waste disposal facility in ones neighborhood when compensation is offered.

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Groothuis, P.A. and Miller, G. (1994) Locating Hazardous Waste Facilities: The Influence of NIMBY Beliefs, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 53(3): 335 (July 1994). Published by Blackwell (ISSN: 0002-9246).
Language: English
Date: 1994