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Diffusion Paths and Guiding Policy for Urban Residents’ Carbon Identification Capability: Simulation Analysis from the Perspective of Relation Strength and Personal Carbon Trading

Jia Wei (), Hong Chen () and Ruyin Long ()
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Jia Wei: School of Economics and Finance, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710061, China
Hong Chen: School of Management, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221116, China
Ruyin Long: School of Management, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221116, China

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 6, 1-19

Abstract: On the consumption side, the key to carbon emission reduction is urban residents’ carbon capability. As it is the main bottleneck hindering carbon capability enhancement, the promotion of carbon identification capability is very important. This study establishes diffusion models of carbon identification capability from the perspectives of relation strength and personal carbon trading through weighted small-world theory, and it takes Chinese urban residents as the research object to make a simulation analysis. The results show that, at the initial stage, using a knowledge priority strategy to determine the sender of capability can bring about a higher capability growth rate for individuals, and the capability diffusion equilibrium of the network is also the highest. However, in the entire diffusion process, the strength priority model is the best to make the network reach the equilibrium quickly. After the introduction of personal carbon trading, the growth rate of the carbon identification capability increases significantly, and the network equilibrium becomes higher synchronously. More egoistic nodes and fewer altruistic nodes in the network are more favorable for the capability diffusion in the network, but they may bring about the risk that the network equilibrium becomes lower. Finally, the study puts forward suggestions to help with the improvement of residents’ carbon identification capability.

Keywords: urban residents; carbon capability; carbon identification capability; relation strength; personal carbon trading (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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