EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Do European Agri-environment Measures Help Reduce Herbicide Use? Evidence From Viticulture in France

Laure Kuhfuss () and Julie Subervie ()

Ecological Economics, 2018, vol. 149, issue C, 202-211

Abstract: Agri-environmental schemes (AES) are a central component of the European environmental policy, but few of these schemes have been carefully evaluated and doubts are often expressed about their effectiveness. We use original data collected from winegrowers who participated in an AES targeting non-point source pollution from herbicides in 2011 and 2012 in the South region of France. Using the variation in the implementation of the scheme across time and space and a matching approach, we show that the quantity of herbicides used by participants in the scheme in 2011 ranges from 38 to 53% below what they would have used without the scheme and this percentage is between 42 and 50% in 2012. Further, our results suggest that least demanding AES options are effective in avoiding pollution peaks when weed pressure is high, whereas more demanding AES options guarantee an overall reduction in herbicide use, even during relatively easy farming years in which less weed pressure is experienced.

Keywords: Payments for environmental services; Agri-environmental scheme; Water quality; Nonpoint source pollution; Herbicides; Pesticides; Treatment effect (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q15 Q18 Q25 Q28 Q53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (5) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800917315185
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
Working Paper: Do european agri-environment measures help reduce herbicide use ? Evidence from viticulture in France (2018) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:149:y:2018:i:c:p:202-211

Access Statistics for this article

Ecological Economics is currently edited by C. J. Cleveland

More articles in Ecological Economics from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Dana Niculescu ().

 
Page updated 2019-10-18
Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:149:y:2018:i:c:p:202-211