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Dynamics of China's Regional Development and Pollution

Henri de Groot (), Cees Withagen and Zhou Minliang
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Zhou Minliang: Institute of Industrial Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

No 01-036/3, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers from Tinbergen Institute

Abstract: This paper addresses the existence of an Environmental Kuznets Curve for China, using a sampleof thirty regions and covering the period 1982-1997. The types of pollution included in the studyare wastewater, waste gas and solid waste. We consider the development of the sources ofpollution in a pooled cross-section analysis considering the pollution in absolute levels, in percapita terms and relative to real GDP. At intermediate levels of GDP per capita, the increase of solidand gas emissions tends to decelerate, but accelerates again at high levels of GDP per capita.Water pollution decreases with per capita GDP.

Keywords: Environmental Kuznets Curve; China; pollution; economic development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2001-03-30
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