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Environmental Kuznets Curve in China: New evidence from dynamic panel analysis

Tingting Li, Yong Wang and Dingtao Zhao

Energy Policy, 2016, vol. 91, issue C, 138-147

Abstract: This paper applies a panel of 28 provinces of China from 1996 to 2012 to study the impacts of economic development, energy consumption, trade openness, and urbanization on the carbon dioxide, waste water, and waste solid emissions. By estimating a dynamic panel model with the system Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) estimator and an autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) model with alternative panel estimators, respectively, we find that the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) hypothesis is well supported for all three major pollutant emissions in China across different models and estimation methods. Our study also confirms positive effects of energy consumption on various pollutant emissions. In addition, we find some evidence that trade and urbanization may deteriorate environmental quality in the long run, albeit not in the short run. From policy perspective, our estimation results bode well for Chinese government's goal of capping greenhouse emissions by 2030 as outlined in the recent China-US climate accord, while containing energy consumption and harm effects from expanding trade and urbanization remains some environmental challenges that China faces.

Keywords: Environmental Kuznets Curve; Pollutant emissions; Economic growth; Energy consumption; Chinese panel data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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