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What drives the change in China's energy intensity: Combining decomposition analysis and econometric analysis at the provincial level

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  • Song, Feng
  • Zheng, Xinye

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We employ decomposition analysis and econometric analysis to investigate the driving forces behind China's changing energy intensity using a provincial-level panel data set for the period from 1995 to 2009. The decomposition analysis indicates that: (a) all of the provinces except for a few experienced efficiency improvement, while around three-fourths of the provinces' economics became more energy intensive or remained unchanged; (b) consequently the efficiency improvement accounts for more than 90% of China's energy intensity change as opposed to the economic structural change.

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  • Song, Feng & Zheng, Xinye, 2012. "What drives the change in China's energy intensity: Combining decomposition analysis and econometric analysis at the provincial level," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 445-453.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:51:y:2012:i:c:p:445-453
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.08.044
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