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Cleaning up the air for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games: Empirical study on China's thermal power sector

Teng Ma and Kenji Takeuchi
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Teng Ma: Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University

No 1718, Discussion Papers from Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University

Abstract: This study examines the effects of air pollution control within the thermal power sector during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (BOG08). Using data on pollution control equipment and energy intensity, we investigate for significant differences in their levels between provinces under the regional control policy for BOG08 and other provinces. The results suggest that the energy intensity of thermal power plants improved in 2007 and 2008 in provinces designated as areas requiring coordinated air pollution control for the Olympic Games. On the other hand, we found weaker statistical evidence for treatment effects on pollution control equipment.

Keywords: Air pollution; China; Beijing Olympic Games; Thermal power sector (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L51 L94 Q52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 41 pages
Date: 2017-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cna, nep-ene, nep-env, nep-reg and nep-tra
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