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Blue Beijing: estimating the effects of temporary emissions restrictions on air quality

Bruno Wichmann () and Meng Yang

Applied Economics Letters, 2017, vol. 24, issue 21, 1504-1510

Abstract: The article uses a quasi-experimental regression discontinuity approach to estimate the effect of temporary emissions restrictions on air quality in China. While temporary emissions control is an effective strategy in response to high-pollution events, China has been using this temporary policy instrument to improve air quality during events of international exposure. We find that post-restrictions peak levels of fine particulate matter are extremely high. This finding uncovers unintended consequences of temporary polluting restrictions.

Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2017.1299093

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