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A metafrontier directional distance function approach to assessing eco-efficiency

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  • Mercedes Beltrán-Esteve

    (Universidad de Valencia)

  • José A. Gómez-Limón

    (Universidad de Córdoba)

  • Andrés J. Picazo-Tadeo

    (Universidad de Valencia)

  • Ernest Reig-Martínez

    (Universidad de Valencia)

Abstract

This paper uses directional distance functions to extend the non-parametric metafrontier approach to efficiency measurement proposed by OÕDonnell et al. (2008) to the assessment of technological differences in eco-efficiency between groups of producers. Furthermore, eco-efficiency is assessed at the level of specific environmental pressures management. This methodology is applied to a sample of Spanish olive producers that belong to both traditional mountain and traditional plain growing systems. We find great potential for both olive growing systems to reduce environmental pressures. In terms of pressures on natural resources, the most eco-efficient technology corresponds to the traditional plain system, while the traditional mountain system is the most eco-efficient when considering pressures on biodiversity. These results might help policymakers design strategies aimed at improving the performance of olive growing and meeting the demands of society regarding the economic and ecological functions of this farming activity.

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Paper provided by Department of Applied Economics II, Universidad de Valencia in its series Working Papers with number 1206.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2012
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Handle: RePEc:eec:wpaper:1206

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Keywords: Economic-ecological efficiency; metafrontier; directional distance functions; Data Envelopment Analysis; agro environmental policy; Spain;

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Cited by:
  1. Andrés J. Picazo-Tadeo & Juana Castillo & Mercedes Beltrán-Esteve, 2013. "A dynamic approach to measuring ecological-economic performance with directional distance functions: greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union," Working Papers 1304, Department of Applied Economics II, Universidad de Valencia.
  2. Picazo-Tadeo, Andrés J. & Castillo-Giménez, Juana & Beltrán-Esteve, Mercedes, 2014. "An intertemporal approach to measuring environmental performance with directional distance functions: Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 100(C), pages 173-182.

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