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Author(s): Gebert, I. M.
Mello-Sampayo, F. de.
Date: 2024
Title: Efficiency of BRICS countries in sustainable development: a comparative data envelopment analysis
Journal title: International Journal of Development Issues
Volume: N/A
Reference: Gebert, I. M., & Mello-Sampayo, F. de. (2024). Efficiency of BRICS countries in sustainable development: a comparative data envelopment analysis. International Journal of Development Issues.
ISSN: 1446-8956
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1108/IJDI-12-2023-0287
Keywords: Sustainable development
Data envelopment analysis
Abstract: Purpose – This study aims to assess the efficiency of Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) countries in achieving sustainable development by analyzing their ability to convert resources and technological innovations into sustainable outcomes. Design/methodology/approach – Using data envelopment analysis (DEA), the study evaluates the economic, environmental and social efficiency of BRICS countries over the period 2010–2018. It ranks these countries based on their sustainable development performance and compares them to the period 2000–2007. Findings – The study reveals varied efficiency levels among BRICS countries. Russia and South Africa lead in certain sustainable development aspects. South Africa excels in environmental sustainability, whereas Brazil is efficient in resource utilization for sustainable growth. China and India, despite economic growth, face challenges such as pollution and lower quality of life. Research limitations/implications – The study’s findings are constrained by the DEA methodology and the selection of variables. It highlights the need for more nuanced research incorporating recent global events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitical shifts. Practical implications – Insights from this study can inform targeted and effective sustainability strategies in BRICS nations, focusing on areas such as industrial quality improvement, employment conditions and environmental policies. Social implications – The study underscores the importance of balancing economic growth with social and environmental considerations, highlighting the need for policies addressing inequality, poverty and environmental degradation. Originality/value – This research provides a unique comparative analysis of BRICS countries’ sustainable development efficiency, challenging conventional perceptions and offering a new perspective on their progress.
Peerreviewed: yes
Access type: Open Access
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