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The effects of environmental regulation on the industrial location of China’s manufacturing


  • Tonghui Lian

    () (Anhui Polytechnic University
    Nanjing University)

  • Tingyu Ma

    (Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology)

  • Jie Cao

    (Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology)

  • You Wu

    (Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology)


Abstract Significant regional differences in Chinese environmental regulation stringency will affect regional location of China’s manufacturing. With reference to the classical trade model of interaction between industries and provinces and data from China’s manufacturing, we explore the impact of environmental regulations on the location of China’s manufacturing. The empirical results show that the environmental regulation has influence on the location of China’s manufacturing, and manufacturing tends to move to loosely regulated provinces from strictly regulated ones considering environmental regulation constraints. Provinces with easy environmental regulation efforts are more likely to attract polluting enterprises and become pollution haven.

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  • Tonghui Lian & Tingyu Ma & Jie Cao & You Wu, 2016. "The effects of environmental regulation on the industrial location of China’s manufacturing," Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, Springer;International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 80(2), pages 1381-1403, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:nathaz:v:80:y:2016:i:2:d:10.1007_s11069-015-2008-z
    DOI: 10.1007/s11069-015-2008-z

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    1. Jiajia Zheng & Pengfei Sheng, 2017. "The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on the Environment: Market Perspectives and Evidence from China," Economies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 5(1), pages 1-15, March.


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