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What is the role of openness for China's aggregate industrial SO2 emission?: A structural analysis based on the Divisia decomposition method

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Having observed the weaknesses in previous structural analyses on the role of Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC), the author proposes a detailed analysis using a rich data set of provincial level production and SO2 emission intensity of 13 industrial sectors. The latter represent more than 98% of the total industrial production in each Chinese province for the period 1991-2001. Through the use of the log-mean Divisia Index Decomposition method, the variations in province-level industrial SO2 emissions with regard to the 1990 baseline level are decomposed into the contribution from three components: scale, composition, and technical effects. The following analysis seeks to explain how trade openness affects aggregate industrial SO2 emission through its impact on the structural determinants for these three components of region-specific environmental variations.

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  • He, Jie, 2010. "What is the role of openness for China's aggregate industrial SO2 emission?: A structural analysis based on the Divisia decomposition method," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(4), pages 868-886, February.
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