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Economic Aspects of the Municipal Waste Management: Czech Republic and Slovakia



Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Croatian and Comparative Public Administration
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Economics and Administration

Field Management and administrative
Keywords waste management; municipalities; Czech Republic; efficiency; competition; economies of scale; contracting out
Description This paper provides data from our long term research about municipal waste management in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Three issues are the core focus – scale and results from externalisation, impact of competition of costs (the relationship between the unfair competition and municipal waste cost in the Czech Republic) and economies of scale in the Czech Republic. From the point of view of forms of waste management service, despite the methodological problems, our research does not confirm priority of externalisation and suggests that the decisions about the best form of local service provision should respect local conditions and not any universal pattern. We also show that lack of competition is one of core factors of the limited results obtained by contracting. The specific data from the South Moravian Region and Pardubice Region showed that results of competitive environment analysis could be affected by the existence of cartel. The results fr om the analysis of the economies of scale in waste management in the Czech Republic indicate that the bottom of the cost curve is already at the level of about 2000 inhabitants. Moreover, the cost curve in the Czech Republic is not a classic U-shaped curve. The U-shaped curve appears only for small municipalities, and disappears for larger settlements.
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