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Does industrial upgrading promote eco-efficiency? ─A panel space estimation based on Chinese evidence

Yonghui Han, Fan Zhang, Liangxiong Huang, Keming Peng and Xianbin Wang

Energy Policy, 2021, vol. 154, issue C

Abstract: Industrial upgrading plays a significant role in promoting eco-efficiency, but existing studies ignore this aspect. Using improved and comprehensive measures of eco-efficiency, we assess how industrial upgrading influences the eco-efficiency of a certain province with provincial panel data during the period 1998–2017. We find that industrial upgrading significantly promotes eco-efficiency and yields significantly positive spatial spillover effects. Our findings provide empirical evidence that the government should push forward industrial upgrading decisively, as well as strengthening inter-regional and central-provincial collaboration in promoting eco-efficiency.

Keywords: Industrial upgrading; Eco-efficiency; Spatial interaction (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2021.112286

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