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Environmental Regulation and Firm Productivity in China

Sanfeng Zhang, Maoliang Bu () and Huafan Yang

A chapter in Globalization and the Environment of China, 2014, vol. 14, pp 129-152 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract The issue of environmental regulation and productivity has received increasing attention among academics, but little research has focused on Chinese firms despite the serious state of pollution in China. This study aimed to fill that gap. Analyzing a sample of firms from 12 Chinese cities, we found that environmental regulation could improve firm productivity, but the responses to environmental regulation differed across industry sectors, firm sizes, and locations. In this paper, we discuss the implications of these responses toward the environmental policy in China.

Keywords: Environmental regulation; firm productivity; regulatory intensity; Q55; Q58; O53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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