Halkos G and Zisiadou A (2017). Relating Environmental Performance with socioeconomic and cultural factors Environmental Economics and Policy Studies DOI: 10.1007/s10018-017-0182-9

Relating Environmental Performance with socioeconomic and cultural factors. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies (SCOPUS, EconLit, ISI Listed). DOI: 10.1007/s10018-017-0182-9. In common with A. Zisiadou (2017)

This study relies in a recently proposed methodology for constructing an environmental performance index. Two different versions of the index are considered and compared having first as reference point Greece and comparing it with other countries in the Mediterranean as well as in Northern Europe. Both versions (the one of the year 2014 and the other of the year 2016) of the index consist of two components, the environmental health and the ecosystem vitality. These two components are constructed with the help of nine variables (and nineteen indicators behind) relevant to the environment. These variables are health impact, air quality, water and sanitation, water resources, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, biodiversity and habitat and climate and energy. In the case of the Environmental Performance Index for the year 2016 the construction of the index has been improved relying on the same two components and 9 variables but in twenty (in most cases different) indicators. Next the index is used first with some socioeconomic variables in order to model its behavior. Empirical findings are presented for the full sample, European, Sub-Saharan and East-Asia Pacific countries. In a second stage of analysis the index is used with cultural dimensions and for a sample of 63 countries. The empirical findings and the associated policy implications are discussed together with future extensions.