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Inter-provincial correlations of agricultural GHG emissions in China based on social network analysis methods

Jiansheng Qu, Jinyu Han, Lina Liu, Li Xu, Hengji Li and Yujie Fan

China Agricultural Economic Review, 2020, vol. 13, issue 1, 229-246

Abstract: Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore the heterogeneity and correlations of agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions among provinces in China, and then policy implications are proposed. Design/methodology/approach - After agricultural GHG accounting and a pre-analysis of inter-provincial heterogeneity, improved gravity model and the Social Network Analysis (SNA) methods are introduced to construct the network, being carried out from three aspects of the whole network, individual provincial characteristics and cluster analysis. Findings - (1) There are significant regional variations in agricultural GHG scale among provinces owing to the layout of agricultural production, and the temporal trends show that the direction and speed of agricultural GHG scale change vary among provinces; (2) In terms of inter-provincial correlations, there exists a complex spatial network of agricultural GHG among provinces, which tends to be more complex, intensive and stable, while the status of the provinces in the network also has gradually become more balanced. All provinces played their respective roles in the four clusters of the network with agricultural layout and comparative advantages, and the distribution has continuously optimized. Practical implications - The inter-provincial network characteristics of agricultural GHG emissions and its evolution have practical implications for differentiated and coordinated agricultural GHG reduction policies at the provincial levels. Originality/value - This paper innovatively study inter-provincial agricultural GHG correlations in China with the SNA methods used to study economic and social connections in the past. There is some originality in the introduction of network theory and application of the SNA methods, which can provide some reference for researches in similar fields.

Keywords: Agricultural GHG emissions; Inter-provincial heterogeneity; Inter-provincial spatial correlations; Social network analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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