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Thailand afflicted by mountains of electronic waste

Graham Watson

1st July 2018

Unusual story this, with the waste from electronic items such as computers increasingly ending up in other parts of South-East and East Asia, rather than China, after the latter banned waste imports.

This highlights the negative externalities associated with waste, and the fact that those externalities are generated by the consumers of these products whose relative affluence allows them to impose the external cost on the developing world, where this can adversely affect developmental outcomes and is also patently unfair.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to Tutor2U, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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