Environmental performance evaluation: A state-level DEA analysis

Estefanía Caridad Avilés-Sacoto, Sonia Valeria Avilés-Sacoto, David Güemes-Castorena, Wade D. Cook

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In recent years, the continuous development of every country's economic activities has generated undesirable impacts on the environment. Common problems are high water and energy consumption rates, jointly with harmful pollution levels. This situation has gained the research community's interest in exploring and analyzing the extent to which initiatives to reduce such environmental problems have succeeded. Therefore, it is relevant to have measures that encompass information on the results obtained by such initiatives. Using the data envelopment analysis (DEA) methodology, it is possible to measure the efficiency of an entity under evaluation, such as an industry, state, or country. DEA also allows one to compare the performance measures of entities operating in similar circumstances and identify which entities are performing best, given the inputs they use and the outputs they produce. This study evaluates different states in Mexico in terms of their environmental performance and provides a perspective on how environmental initiatives can contribute to protecting and preserving the environment. By addressing this problem, best-performers and practices are identified, and valuable insights are gained regarding how each state carries out such initiatives.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101082
JournalSocio-Economic Planning Sciences
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Wade D. Cook was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (No. A8966 ).

Publisher Copyright:
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  • Data envelopment analysis
  • Environment
  • Initiatives
  • Mexico
  • Performance


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