IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/
MyIDEAS: Login to save this article or follow this journal

Ecological Footprints in Plural: A Meta-analytic Comparison of Empirical Results

  • Peter Nijkamp
  • Emilia Rossi
  • Gabriella Vindigni

Nijkamp P., Rossi E. and Vindigni G. (2004) Ecological footprints in plural: a meta-analytic comparison of empirical results, Regional Studies38, 747-765. The concept of an ecological footprint is intriguing and has prompted an avalanche of theoretical and applied research. In recent publications both the scientific basis and the policy relevance of this concept have been given ample attention, while also much empirical work has been undertaken to assess the value of the ecological footprint in different regions or countries of the world. The paper starts with a concise critical overview of the current discussion on ecological footprints. Its main aim, however, is to provide a meta-analytic assessment and interpretation of the various empirical findings in the recent literature that offer estimated values or ranges of the ecological footprint indicator. The sensitivity of ecological footprints for the stringent assumptions made in the calculation schemes is investigated using frequency analyses, cross- tabulation methods and decision-tree induction methods (a recent technique based on pattern recognition methods). The results show that methodological choice, geographical scales and year of data collection offer a significant explanation for variations in results. The paper concludes with some suggestions for further research. Nijkamp P., Rossi E. et Vindigni G. (2004) Des traces ecologiques au pluriel: une comparaison meta- analytique des resultats empiriques, Regional Studies38, 747-765. La notion de traces ecologiques est fascinante et a provoque un flot de recherches fondamentale et appliquee. Dans des revues recentes on a prete une attention particuliere a la base scientifique de cette notion et a son importance pour la politique, alors que beaucoup de travail empirique a ete fait aussi afin d'evaluer les traces ecologiques dans diverses regions et dans de differents pays du monde. Dans un premier temps, cet article cherche a donner une vue d'ensemble critique et concise du debat actuel sur la notion de traces ecologiques. Cependant, son but principal est de fournir une evaluation et une interpretation meta-analytiques des differentes preuves empiriques que l'on peut trouver dans la documentation recente et qui fournissent des estimations ou des approximations de l'indice des traces ecologiques. La sensibilite des valeurs des traces ecologiques pour ce qui est des suppositions rigoureuses faites dans les calculs sont examinees a partir des analyses de frequences, des donnees croisees, et des methodes d'induction par arbres de decisions (une technique recente fondee sur des methodes d'identification de configuration). Les resultats laissent voir que le choix methodologique, l'echelle geographique, et la collecte des donnees en fonction de l'an, fournissent une explication riche des variations des resultats. L'article conclut par proposer des recherches futures. Nijkamp P., Rossi E. und Vindigni G. (2004) Okologische Fussspuren uberall: ein meta-analytischer Vergleich empirischer Ergebnisse, Regional Studies38, 747-765. Der Begriff Okologischer Fussspuren ist faszinierend, und hat eine wahre Lavine theoretischer und angewandter Forschung veranlasst. In kurzlich verOffentlichten Arbeiten hat man der wissenschaftlichen Grundlage und der politischen Relevanz dieser Vorstellung reichlich Aufmerksamkeit gezollt, wahrend gleichzeitig viel empirische Arbeit unternommen wurde, um den Wert Okologischer Fussspuren in verschiedenen Regionen oder Landern der Welt zu beurteilen. Dieser Aufsatz beginnt mit einem knappen, kritischen uberblick uber die gegenwartige Debatte uber Okologische Fussspuren. Sein Hauptziel ist jedoch, eine meta-analytische Beurteilung und Interpretation der verschiedenen empirischen Befunde der kurzlich verOffentlichten Literatur vorzulegen, die Schatzwerte oder Reihen Okologischer Fussspurenwerte anbieten. Die Sensitivitat Okologischer Fussspurenwerte fur strenge Kriterien, die in Berechnungsschemen verlangt werden, werden untersucht, und zwar mit Hilfe von Frequenzanalysen, Kreuztabulierungsmethoden und Entscheidungsbaumverfahren (einer ju ngst entwickelten Technik, die sich auf Methoden der Musterverfahren stutzt). Die Ergebnisse der Autoren zeigen, dass Wahl der Methodik, geographische Skalen und Jahr der Datensammlung signifikante Erklarungen fur Abweichungen bei Ergebnissen liefern. Der Aufsatz schliesst mit Vorschlagen fur weitere Forschung. Nijkamp P., Rossi E. y Vindigni G. (2004) Huellas ecologicas en plural: una comparacion meta-analitica de resultados empiricos, Regional Studies38, 747-765. El concepto de huella ecologica es intrigante y ha suscitado una avalancha de investigaciones teoricas y aplicadas. En recientes publicaciones se ha prestado una amplia atencion tanto a la base cientifica como a la relevancia politica de este concepto, mientras que tambien se ha llevado a cabo una gran cantidad de trabajo empirico con el fin de evaluar el valor de la huella ecologica en diferentes regiones y paises del mundo. El presente articulo comienza con una breve revision breve y concisa sobre el actual debate en torno a las huellas ecologicas. El objetivo principal de este articulo, sin embargo, es ofrecer una interpretacion y evaluacion meta-analitica de los varios resultados empiricos presentes en la literatura reciente que ofrecen valores o rangos estimados del indicador de huella ecologica. La sensibilidad de los valores atribuidos a la huella ecologica para las rigurosas suposiciones hechas en los esquemas de calculo se investiga utilizando analisis de frecuencia, metodos de tablas cruzadas y metodos de induccion de arboles de decision (una tecnica reciente basada en metodos de reconocimiento de patrones). Nuestros resultados muestran que la eleccion metodologica, las escalas geograficas y el ano de recoleccion de datos ofrecen una explicacion significativa de las variaciones en los resultados. Este articulo concluye con algunas recomendaciones para futuras investigaciones.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0034340042000265241
Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

Volume (Year): 38 (2004)
Issue (Month): 7 ()
Pages: 747-765

as
in new window

Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:38:y:2004:i:7:p:747-765
Contact details of provider: Web page: http://www.tandfonline.com/CRES20

Order Information: Web: http://www.tandfonline.com/pricing/journal/CRES20

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:38:y:2004:i:7:p:747-765. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Michael McNulty)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.