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Energy Consumption and Carbon Emission-Based Productivity Change and Industrialization in Post-Reform

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  • Chen, Shiyi
  • Santos-Paulino, Amelia U.

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The paper investigates the determinants of productivity growth in China. It also analyses the sustainability of the country’s industrial growth by estimating sectoral productivity, accounting for energy usage and emission since the start of the marketoriented reforms in the late 1970s. The growth accounting analysis indicates that productivity is the most significant driver of growth. Energy and capital are also important factors promoting China’s industrial growth. The substantial productivity improvement of China’s industry is attributable more to high-tech light industrial sectors. Heavy industry, characterized by high energy emission levels, lags behind in terms of productivity and overall technical change.

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number wp2010-78.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2010-78

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Keywords: productivity growth; industrial sustainability; energy consumption; carbon emission;

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