The greenness of China: household carbon dioxide emissions and urban development
AbstractChina urbanization is associated with both increases in per-capita income and greenhouse gas emissions. This paper uses micro data to rank 74 major Chinese cities with respect to their household carbon footprint. We find that the âgreenestâ cities based on this criterion are Huaian and Suqian while the âdirtiestâ cities are Daqing and Mudanjiang. Even in the dirtiest city (Daqing), a standardized household produces only one-fifth of that in Americaâs greenest city (San Diego). We find that the average January temperature is strongly negatively correlated with a cityâs household carbon footprint, which suggests that current regional economic development policies that bolster the growth of Chinaâs northeastern cities are likely to increase emissions. We use our city specific income elasticity estimates to predict the growth of carbon emissions in Chinaâs cities.
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- Siqi Zheng & Rui Wang & Edward L. Glaeser & Matthew E. Kahn, 2009. "The Greenness of China: Household Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Urban Development," NBER Working Papers 15621, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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