Monday, September 5, 2011

Measuring regional environmental efficiency: A directional distance function approach 
Abstract: This paper by applying a directional distance function approach measures the UK regions’ municipality waste performance. In addition the paper constructs conditional stochastic kernels trying to determine nonparametrically the association of regions’ GDP per capita levels with their calculated regional environmental efficiencies. There are evidences of regional environmental inefficiencies for the majority of UK regions regardless their regional GDP per capita levels.
The empirical results (Table1) indicate that Inner London and North Eastern Scotland appear to be environmental efficient regions. In addition the last five UK regions in terms of the lowest environmental efficiencies are reported to be Tees Valley and Durham, Cumbria, West Wales and The Valleys, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and Highlands and Islands.
[It is higly probable that low-environmental efficiency regions result from] ... lower GDP per capita levels and high-environmental efficiency regions, by higher GDP per capita levels.
by George Halkos and Nickolaos Tzeremes
Munich Personal REPEC Archive via REPEC Research Papers in Economics
Deposited on August 22, 2011
Keywords: Regional environmental performance; Directional distance function; Conditional stochastic kernel

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