Measurement of agricultural total factor productivity growth incorporating environmental factors: A nutrients balance approach

Hoang, Viet-Ngu and Coelli, Tim (2011) Measurement of agricultural total factor productivity growth incorporating environmental factors: A nutrients balance approach. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 62 3: 462-474. doi:10.1016/j.jeem.2011.05.009

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Author Hoang, Viet-Ngu
Coelli, Tim
Title Measurement of agricultural total factor productivity growth incorporating environmental factors: A nutrients balance approach
Language of Title eng
Journal name Journal of Environmental Economics and Management   Check publisher's open access policy
Language of Journal Name eng
ISSN 0095-0696
1096-0449
Publication date 2011-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jeem.2011.05.009
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 62
Issue 3
Start page 462
End page 474
Total pages 13
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Subject 2002 Economics and Econometrics
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Abstract This article proposes to use nutrient-orientated environmental efficiency (EE) measures to construct a nutrient total factor productivity index (NTFP). Since nutrient-orientated EE measures are consistent with the materials balance principle, NTFP index is superior to other existing TFP indexes. An empirical study on the environmental performance of an agricultural sector in 30 OECD countries from 1990 to 2003 yielded several important findings. First, these countries should be able to produce current outputs with at least 50% less aggregate eutrophying power, implying that they should have been able to substantially reduce the potential for eutrophication. Second, traditional TFP has grown by 1.6% per annum due to technical progress; however, there are lags in the responses of several countries to this technical progress. Third, environmental TFP has grown at a slower rate than traditional TFP growth due to reductions in nutrient-orientated allocative efficiency. Finally, changes in input combinations could have significantly improved environmental efficiency and productivity. These findings favor policy interventions and faster technological transfer to improve environmental performance.
Keyword Environmental efficiency
Environmental productivity
Materials balance
Nutrient efficiency
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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