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Development policies, transfer of pollution abatement technology and trans-boundary pollution


  • Li, Xiaochun
  • Zhou, Yu


In this paper, we integrate intra-region labor migration and inter-region labor migration into Harris–Todaro model in the presence of unidirectional trans-boundary pollution. We conduct a simple comparative static analysis of regional economic and environmental effects of the central government's development policies on two regions, reducing the transfer cost of inter-region labor migration and increasing the capital subsidy to the less developed region. In addition, we compare the environmental and regional economic effects of the transfer of pollution abatement technology in two regions.

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  • Li, Xiaochun & Zhou, Yu, 2013. "Development policies, transfer of pollution abatement technology and trans-boundary pollution," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 183-188.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:31:y:2013:i:c:p:183-188 DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2012.11.034

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    Harris–Todaro; Unidirectional trans-boundary pollution; Labor transfer cost; Capital subsidy; Pollution abatement technology;

    JEL classification:

    • O24 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Trade Policy; Factor Movement; Foreign Exchange Policy
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • R13 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General Equilibrium and Welfare Economic Analysis of Regional Economies


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