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China’s War on Pollution: Evidence from the First Five Years

Michael Greenstone (), Guojun He, Shanjun Li () and Eric Zou

No 28467, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: The decade from 2010 to 2019 marked a significant turning point in China’s history of environmental regulation and pollution. This article describes the recent trends in air and water quality, with a focus on the five years since China declared a “war on pollution” in 2014. It summarizes the emerging literature that has taken advantage of accompanying improvements in data availability and accuracy to document sharp improvements in environmental quality, especially local air pollution, and understand their social, economic, and health consequences.

JEL-codes: Q50 Q53 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-02
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Published as Michael Greenstone & Guojun He & Shanjun Li & Eric Yongchen Zou, 2021. "China’s War on Pollution: Evidence from the First 5 Years," Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, vol 15(2), pages 281-299.

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