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The impact of regional environmental amenity on skill aggregation across regions in developing countries: evidence from air pollution in China

Seunghun Chung ()

Asia-Pacific Journal of Regional Science, 2020, vol. 4, issue 1, No 2, 27-53

Abstract: Abstract This paper investigates the impact of an environmental amenity on regional skill aggregation, defined as the share of highly educated people. I analyzed the impact of air quality on skill aggregation across prefecture-level cities in China using college graduates as the measure of skill aggregation. By exploiting exogenous air quality variation from a Chinese heating policy known as the Huai River Policy, I identified a considerable negative impact of air pollution on the share of high-skilled people in the city population. This indicates that an environmental amenity has considerable potential to influence regional growth even in developing countries.

Keywords: Skill aggregation; Amenities; Regional growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O44 Q53 R11 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s41685-019-00125-8

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