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Pollution Across Chinese Provinces

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  • Catherine Yap Co

    (Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations)

  • Fanying Kong
  • Shuanglin Lin

Abstract

We revisit the environmental Kuznets curve (EKC) hypothesis using 1987-1995 data for Chinese provinces. A comparison of off-sample (1996-2004) predictions to actual emissions indicates that more stringent rules are still needed to fight industrial (waste water and dust) pollution. Auxiliary regressions show that conditional on income, northern provinces have lower industrial waste water pollution; non-coastal and provinces with smaller secondary industry shares have lower industrial (waste water, COD, and dust) pollution; provinces with smaller state-owned enterprises share have lower industrial COD pollution; and, commitment to control industrial dust pollution is correlated with local governments budget balance.

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  • Catherine Yap Co & Fanying Kong & Shuanglin Lin, 2008. "Pollution Across Chinese Provinces," Development Economics Working Papers 22148, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:eab:develo:22148
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    Keywords

    environmental Kuznets curves; Chinese provinces; pollution;

    JEL classification:

    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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