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Adoption of Environmental Management Systems by Farmers: An Empirical Application to ISO 14001


  • Grolleau, Gilles
  • Thomas, Alban


This article undertakes an empirical investigation of the determinants of voluntary adoption of the ISO 14001 environmental management system by French farmers. The adoption model incorporates the expected profitability of implementing the standard and investigates the impact of prior knowledge on the probability of adopting. Two information measures are considered: a “reported information” indicator and an “estimated knowledge” score. The probit parameter estimates reveal that, while the expected profitability of implementing the standard is a significant determinant of adoption, real and perceive prior knowledge measures play a significant but potentially counterintuitive role.
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  • Grolleau, Gilles & Thomas, Alban, 2007. "Adoption of Environmental Management Systems by Farmers: An Empirical Application to ISO 14001," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 39(03), pages 523-540, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jagaec:v:39:y:2007:i:03:p:523-540_02

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    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services
    • Q29 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Other


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