Measuring sustainability efficiency at farm level: A data envelopment analysis approach

Amer Ait Sidhoum, Teresa Serra, Laure Latruffe

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Sound implementation of sustainability practices requires appropriate tools to measure farms' successes in achieving policy goals. This paper models farms' stochastic production technology as the interaction of three main types of sub-technologies that govern, respectively, the production of agricultural commodities, environmental (nitrogen and pesticide) pollution and social outputs of agricultural activities. The model is empirically implemented through a Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) model accounting for production risk through a state-contingent approach. The application for Catalan arable crop farms shows that, on average, farms display high technical and social performance and relatively poor environmental performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-225
Number of pages26
JournalEuropean Review of Agricultural Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • data envelopment analysis
  • efficiency
  • environmental performance
  • farm sustainability
  • social performance
  • state-contingent approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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