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The Political Economy of EU Agri-environmental measures: An empirical Assessment at the Regional Level


  • Bertoni, Danilo
  • Olper, Alessandro


The paper deals with the political economy determinants of EU agri-environmental measures (AEMs) applied by 59 regional/country units, during the 2001-2004 period. Five different groups of determinants, spanning from positive and negative externalities to political institutions, are highlighted and tested using an econometric model. The main results suggest that AEMs implementation is mostly affected by the strength of farm lobbies, political institutions and the demand for positive externalities. On the contrary, AEMs do not seem implemented by the willingness to address negative externalities.

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  • Bertoni, Danilo & Olper, Alessandro, 2008. "The Political Economy of EU Agri-environmental measures: An empirical Assessment at the Regional Level," 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium 44435, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaae08:44435

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    Agri-environmental Measures; Political Economy; EU Regions; Environmental Economics and Policy;

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