Title: The impact of an environmental disamenity on land values: case of Kiteezi landfill in Uganda

Authors: Rosemary Emegu Isoto, Bernard Bashaasha, Ateenyi Twaha Ali Basamba, John Mburu

Addresses: Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda. ' Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda. ' Department of Soil Science, Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda. ' International Research Institute (ILRI), University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 30709-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

Abstract: The discourse on waste management is increasingly becoming important especially in developing countries. Landfill use is one of the most preferred methods of waste management yet it has various negative effects on people|s welfare and livelihoods. This study uses hedonic price model to quantify impacts of proximity to a landfill. It uses primary data on property characteristics and other factors as explanatory variables. Land-price is used as a dependent variable. The results indicated that proximity to the landfill negatively affects land value whereas amenity variables positively influence land values. The study recommends appropriate policy on location and management of landfills.

Keywords: hedonic price models; disamenity; property values; land values; Uganda; landfill proximity; waste management; developing countries; landfill location; landfill management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEE.2011.041359

International Journal of Environmental Engineering, 2011 Vol.3 No.3/4, pp.371 - 387

Published online: 20 Jul 2011 *

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