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Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3171-3191; doi:10.3390/su6063171

Assessment of Agri-Environmental Externalities at Regional Levels in Finland

Department of Economics and Management, P.O.B. 27, University of Helsinki, Helsinki FI-00014, Finland
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Received: 24 January 2014 / Revised: 13 May 2014 / Accepted: 15 May 2014 / Published: 26 May 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability and Institutional Change)
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This study used a synthetic evaluation method to assess agri-environmental externalities at the regional level in Finland. The article developed a relative measure that made it possible to rank the 15 regions studied for seven agri-environmental indicators, which were based on the preferences of the evaluators. The results indicated significant differences in the provision of public goods between the regions. The provision of public goods tended to increase over the 10-year study period. The results were robust with respect to changes in preferences. View Full-Text
Keywords: agricultural environment; public goods; externality; provision level; multi-objective; synthetic evaluation; fuzzy theory; Finland; regions agricultural environment; public goods; externality; provision level; multi-objective; synthetic evaluation; fuzzy theory; Finland; regions
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Chen, Q.; Sipiläinen, T.; Sumelius, J. Assessment of Agri-Environmental Externalities at Regional Levels in Finland. Sustainability 2014, 6, 3171-3191.

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