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Environmental performance and equilibrium

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  • Thierry Bréchet
  • Philippe Michel

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In this paper we show why firms' or industries' rankings in terms of environmental performance depend not only on the technology but also on market equilibrium. Between two industries committed to the same environmental constraint, the more eco-efficient is the one with the higher output level. By comparing industries and firms, we show that the rankings are not robust, for they are affected by market outcome. The role of eco-efficiency in firms' profitability in equilibrium is also scrutinized. All this shows that the usual eco-efficiency indicators are inadequate. To tackle this problem, we propose a sound indicator.

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  • Thierry Bréchet & Philippe Michel, 2007. "Environmental performance and equilibrium," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 40(4), pages 1078-1099, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:40:y:2007:i:4:p:1078-1099
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    1. Thierry Bréchet & Pierre-André Jouvet, 2007. "A note the cost of pollution abatement," EconomiX Working Papers 2007-15, University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX.
    2. Anderson, Simon P. & Gabszewicz, Jean J., 2006. "The Media and Advertising: A Tale of Two-Sided Markets," Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture, Elsevier.
    3. Chu, Hsun & Lai, Ching-chong, 2014. "Abatement R&D, market imperfections, and environmental policy in an endogenous growth model," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 20-37.
    4. Ala-Harja, Hanne & Helo, Petri, 2014. "Green supply chain decisions – Case-based performance analysis from the food industry," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 69(C), pages 97-107.
    5. Bréchet, Thierry & Jouvet, Pierre-André, 2008. "Environmental innovation and the cost of pollution abatement revisited," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 65(2), pages 262-265, April.
    6. Ala-Harja, Hanne & Helo, Petri, 2015. "Reprint of “Green supply chain decisions – Case-based performance analysis from the food industry”," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 74(C), pages 11-21.
    7. Thierry, BRECHET & Henry, TULKENS, 2006. "From BAT (best available technique) to BCAT (best combination of available techniques)," Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) 2006060, Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques.
    8. BRECHET, Thierry & LY, Sylvette, 2010. "Technological greening, eco-efficiency, and no-regret strategy," CORE Discussion Papers 2010031, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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    • D20 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - General
    • Q50 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - General

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