Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/213064
Authors: 
Weltin, Meike
Hüttel, Silke
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
FORLand-Working Paper No. 10 (2019)
Abstract: 
Sustainable intensification measures promise ecological improvements of farming while maintaining profitability. That is, farms should be able to produce at a higher ecological efficiency without losses in economic efficiency. Based on a theoretical framework, we investigate this promise empirically by analysing the environmental improvement potential of sustainable intensification. We thereby focus on quantifying biodiversity gains using a directional meta-frontier approach and farm survey data from the northern German Plain. We compare eco-efficiency scores in an ecological direction between adopters and matched non-adopters to identify the causal relationship between these gains and sustainable intensification. We find that adopters determine the system frontier. Despite higher mean eco-efficiency scores, most adopters do not yet fully exploit the potential of ecological improvements through sustainable intensification.
Subjects: 
environmental sustainability
eco-efficiency
directional data envelopment analysis
matching
JEL: 
Q12
Q15
Q57
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/de/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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