Title: Positive multicriteria (PMC) models in agriculture for energy and environmental policy analysis

Authors: Stelios Rozakis

Addresses: Agricultural Economics and Rural Development Department, Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, 11855 Athens, Greece

Abstract: Environmental consciousness and accompanying actions have been paralleled by the evolution of multicriteria (MC) methods which have provided tools to assist policy makers in discovering compromises in order to muddle through. This paper recalls the development of MC methods in agriculture, focusing on their contribution to produce input or output functions useful for environmental and/or energy policy. Response curves generated by MC models can more accurately predict farmers| response to market and policy parameters compared with classic profit maximising behaviour. Concrete examples from recent literature illustrate the above statements and ideas for further research are provided.

Keywords: positive multicriteria models; PMC models; interval programming; supply curves; policy analysis; energy policy; agriculture; environmental policy; farmer response; multicriteria decision making; MCDM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMCDM.2011.041192

International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making, 2011 Vol.1 No.3, pp.321 - 337

Published online: 29 Nov 2014 *

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