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Dynamics of green productivity growth for major Chinese urban agglomerations

Feng Tao, Huiqin Zhang, Jun Hu and Xiao-Hua Xia

Applied Energy, 2017, vol. 196, issue C, 170-179

Abstract: This paper employs the global Malmquist–Luenberger productivity index to measure and decompose green productivity growth for three major urban agglomerations in China over the period 2003–2013. As the first study known to focus on the green productivity of emerging cities in developing countries, the results show that technical progress, rather than efficiency improvements, is the main contributor to green productivity growth. Using the criterion of eco-friendliness, we categorize the cities into ‘green’ and ‘yellow’ city groups and identify 10 green innovators for the sample cities. The analysis also discusses the determinants of the drivers of green productivity growth and provides some useful policy implications.

Keywords: Green productivity; Global Malmquist; Luenberger index; Urban agglomerations; Green city; Green innovator (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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