Input-orientated data envelopment analysis framework for measuring and decomposing economic, environmental and ecological efficiency: An application to OECD Agriculture

Hoang, Viet-Ngu and Alauddin, Mohammad (2012) Input-orientated data envelopment analysis framework for measuring and decomposing economic, environmental and ecological efficiency: An application to OECD Agriculture. Environmental and Resource Economics, 51 3: 431-452. doi:10.1007/s10640-011-9506-6

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Author Hoang, Viet-Ngu
Alauddin, Mohammad
Title Input-orientated data envelopment analysis framework for measuring and decomposing economic, environmental and ecological efficiency: An application to OECD Agriculture
Language of Title eng
Journal name Environmental and Resource Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
Language of Journal Name eng
ISSN 0924-6460
1573-1502
Publication date 2012-03
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10640-011-9506-6
Open Access Status
Volume 51
Issue 3
Start page 431
End page 452
Total pages 22
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This paper presents an input-orientated data envelopment analysis (DEA) framework which allows the measurement and decomposition of economic, environmental and ecological efficiency levels in agricultural production across different countries. Economic, environmental and ecological optimisations search for optimal input combinations that minimise total costs, total amount of nutrients, and total amount of cumulative exergy contained in inputs respectively. The application of the framework to an agricultural dataset of 30 OECD countries revealed that (i) there was significant scope to make their agricultural production systems more environmentally and ecologically sustainable; (ii) the improvement in the environmental and ecological sustainability could be achieved by being more technically efficient and, even more significantly, by changing the input combinations; (iii) the rankings of sustainability varied significantly across OECD countries within frontier-based environmental and ecological efficiency measures and between frontier-based measures and indicators.
Keyword Cumulative exergy analysis
Ecological efficiency
Economic efficiency
Environmental efficiency
Performance indicator
Nutrient efficiency
Agricultural sustainability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online August 29, 2011.

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