Agriculture's environmental externalities

DEA evidence for French agriculture

Isabelle Piot-Lepetit, Dominique Vermersch, Robert D. Weaver

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Abstract

The existence of persistent technical inefficiency offers the opportunity for a 'free lunch' not typically implied by the neoclassical theory of the firm. When external effects are related to the use of particular inputs, reduction of persistent technically inefficient levels of input use represents a means of reducing external impacts. An important example is found in agriculture where substantial environmental impacts are generated by particular inputs. Within this context, this paper considers the usefulness of data envelopment analysis (DEA) for estimation of potential input reductions and assessment of potential reductions of environmental impacts of agricultural inputs. An application for French cereal production provides estimates that indicate that substantial potential exists for reduction of input use and environmental impacts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-338
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Economics
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

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Data envelopment analysis
Agriculture
Environmental externalities
Environmental impact
Input use
Cereals
External effects
Usefulness
Neoclassical theory
Technical inefficiency
Theory of the firm
Free lunch

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  • Economics and Econometrics

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Piot-Lepetit, Isabelle ; Vermersch, Dominique ; Weaver, Robert D. / Agriculture's environmental externalities : DEA evidence for French agriculture. In: Applied Economics. 1997 ; Vol. 29, No. 3. pp. 331-338.
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