Regional Economics: Theory and Practice

Optimizing regional ecological-and-economic planning using a data envelopment analysis

Vol. 15, Iss. 10, OCTOBER 2017

Received: 19 September 2017

Received in revised form: 28 September 2017

Accepted: 10 October 2017

Available online: 16 October 2017


JEL Classification: O44, Q01

Pages: 1959–1974

Sal'nikova A.A. Kuban State University, Krasnodar, Russian Federation

Importance The article deals with the issues of assessment of the performance of socio-economic systems, considering them both by economic and environmental parameters.
Objectives The article aims to analyze the environmental and economic parameters of the regions of the Russian Federation most contributing to eco-economic efficiency, identify the most and least effective regions, and correlate the results obtained with the priorities of the local environmental and industrial strategies of the regions.
Methods For the study, I used a data envelopment analysis.
Results The article identifies that modelling using the data envelopment analysis will enable the regions to harmonize the indicators and benchmarks of strategic objectives and identify the negative environmental effects, mitigating which the entity can be as effective as possible with no negative dynamics imparted to favorable economic effects. The article presents certain recommendations to further improve the method used to address environmental and economic concerns.
Conclusions Modelling using the data envelopment analysis can be a tool for measuring sustainable development within the region's economy, as well as a way to address the current problem of diluted strategic goal in environmental management.

Keywords: data envelopment analysis, ecological and economic efficiency, environmental management, regional planning


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