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An alternative probabilistic frontier analysis to the measurement of eco-efficiency

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  • Kounetas, Konstantinos
  • Polemis, Michael
  • Tzeremes, Nickolaos

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This study applies a nonparametric time dependent conditional frontier model to estimate and evaluate the convergence in eco-efficiency of a group of 51 US states over the period 1990-2017. Specifically, we utilize a mixture of global and local pollutants (carbon dioxide CO2, sulphur dioxide SO2 and nitrogen oxides NOx) to capture the environmental damage caused by the anthropogenic activities. The empirical findings indicate divergence for the whole sample, while specific groups of convergence club regions are formulated dividing the US states into worst and best performers. Moreover, Our findings reveal significant convergence patterns between the US regions over the sample period.

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  • Kounetas, Konstantinos & Polemis, Michael & Tzeremes, Nickolaos, 2019. "An alternative probabilistic frontier analysis to the measurement of eco-efficiency," MPRA Paper 93686, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Eco-efficiency; Convergence clubs; Order-m estimators; Non parametric frontier analysis; US regions;

    JEL classification:

    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
    • Q40 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - General
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics

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