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The relationships between population factors and China's carbon emissions: Does population aging matter?

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  • Zhang, Chuanguo
  • Tan, Zheng

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Reducing carbon emissions and managing the aging crisis represent two major challenges in China that involve various requirements for continued economic growth. This paper investigated the relationships between population factors and carbon emissions and further explored the impact of population aging on carbon emissions at the national and regional levels based on the STIRPAT model and provincial panel data from China. Our results show that at the national level, population aging and population quality are positively correlated with China's carbon emissions. The impact of the population living standard on carbon emissions exhibits an urban-rural difference. At the regional level, the impact of population aging on carbon emissions exhibits regional differences.

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  • Zhang, Chuanguo & Tan, Zheng, 2016. "The relationships between population factors and China's carbon emissions: Does population aging matter?," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 65(C), pages 1018-1025.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:rensus:v:65:y:2016:i:c:p:1018-1025
    DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2016.06.083
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