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Controlling SO2 emissions in China: A panel data analysis of the 11th Five-Year Plan


  • Teng Ma

    (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)

  • Kenji Takeuchi

    (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)


We investigate the impact of policy measures to reduce SO2 emissions during 11th Five-Year Plan of China (2006-2010). By using a provincial-level panel data set, we find that installation of the flue-gas desulfurization equipment and closure of small coal- fired power plants contributed to a statistically significant reduction in SO2 emissions. While estimation results suggest that these two policy measures played an important role in reducing SO 2 emissions in China during this period, the size of the estimated coefficients shows that the effects might have been weaker than those predicted by ex-ante cost-benefit analysis.

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  • Teng Ma & Kenji Takeuchi, 2016. "Controlling SO2 emissions in China: A panel data analysis of the 11th Five-Year Plan," Discussion Papers 1609, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University.
  • Handle: RePEc:koe:wpaper:1609

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    SO2; Air pollution; Panel data; China; 11th Five-Year Plan.;
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    JEL classification:

    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities
    • P28 - Political Economy and Comparative Economic Systems - - Socialist and Transition Economies - - - Natural Resources; Environment
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth

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