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An Analysis of the Factors affecting Steel Scrap Collection

Industry Commission working paper

This paper by Raymundo Valdes was released in May 1991. It examines the factors affecting steel scrap collections and develops a model to explain the supply and demand of steel scrap. The analysis suggests that in the case of steel-by far the most recycled material in Australia-recycling has not resulted from environmental or resource scarcity concerns nor from government requirements.

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Scrap supply

Scrap demand

Modelling supply and demand

Parameter estimation

Interpretation of results

Supply-demand interactions


Appendix: Data


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