Policy research measuring country performance from a comparative perspective is always confronted with a dependent variable problem. This is true in highly established fields like economic and social policy, but more pronounced in a newly emerging field such as environmental policy. However, to measure environmental performance is particularly challenging since there are problems with comparable data, on the one hand, and constructing a convincing index of environmental performance, on the other.
The presentation will address both challenges and offer solutions by comparing the environmental performance of 21 highly industrialized OECD countries over a time period from 1980 to 2005. Results for several environmental indicators will be given. These results originate from a research project which was sponsored by the DFG for almost 10 years. Interestingly, data availability has deteriorated in recent years, creating another challenge for environmental research. Concerning the construction of aggregated performance indices, the approach of contextualized comparison will be introduced for macro-comparative studies.
The presentation offers several answers to the question how to grasp environmental performance from a comparative perspective, thus providing the framework for a fruitful discussion.
Der Berlin Sustainability Talk ist ein ca. monatlich stattfindendes Brown Bag Seminar an der Forschungszentrum für Umweltpolitik (ffu) und eröffnet ein Forum für den Austausch mit Wissenschaftlern anderer Institute, Mitarbeitern aus Wirtschaft, Politik und Verwaltung sowie der interessierten Öffentlichkeit über laufende Forschungsprojekte sowie aktuelle Trends der Umweltpolitikforschung. Eine Anmeldung zur Veranstaltung ist nicht erforderlich.
12.02.2013 | 16:00
FFU, Ihnestr. 22, Raum 3.1c