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Title: Measuring Economies of Scale in Australian Local Government: The Case of Domestic Waste Collection in NSW
Contributor(s): Byrnes, J D (author); Dollery, Brian Edward  (author); Webber, A (author)
Publication Date: 2002
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Abstract: Both international and Australian efforts aimed at estimating economies of scale in local government service provision have been bedevilled by conceptual problems and methodological difficulties. Moreover, this empirical literature has produced mixed results. Nevertheless, Australian policymakers have embarked on a widespread program of structural reform through amalgamation in the apparent belief that significant economies of scale exist. This paper seeks to determine the extent of economies of scale in NSW domestic waste collection for the period 1995/96 to 1999/2000. Although we find some evidence in support of economies of scale, our results suggest resource sharing rather than amalgamation may represent the optimal policy instrument.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 8(2), p. 201-218
Publisher: Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International Inc (ANZRSAI)
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1324-0935
Field of Research (FOR): 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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