CERE Working Papers, CERE - the Center for Environmental and Resource Economics
Pollution Generating Technologies and Environmental Efficiency
(), Shawna Grosskopf
(), Tommy Lundgren
(), Per-Olov Marklund
() and Wenchao Zhou
Abstract: technology. Pollutants, or bads, are explicitly modeled by
imposing technology properties of disposability and null-jointness. With
data on firms from Swedish manufacturing, we investigate the potential to
reduce emissions, and we take a closer look at the pulp and paper sector.
Dividing the firms into “brown” and “green” firms, we find that there is
significant potential, in both categories, to improve environmental
efficiency, and hence lower emissions, of three air pollutants.
Furthermore, we suggest that treating biofuels as entirely carbon neutral
(as is common practice) may underestimate environmental efficiency scores
and generate misleading policy implications.
Keywords: Pollution; Environmental Efficiency; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D24; Q01; Q53; (follow links to similar papers)
21 pages, September 28, 2012
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