EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Environmental Regulation and Export Product Quality: Evidence from Chinese Firms

Yuping Deng, Yanrui Wu and Helian Xu
Additional contact information
Yuping Deng: School of Economics and Trade, Hunan University, Changsha, P.R. China
Yanrui Wu: Business School, The University of Western Australia
Helian Xu: School of Economics and Trade, Hunan University, Changsha, P.R. China

No 19-14, Economics Discussion / Working Papers from The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics

Abstract: The Chinese government adopted a series of pollution reduction targets in its eleventh five-year (2006-2010) economic development program. Whether this program can achieve its goal of pollution reduction and quality improvement for exports is of vital importance for China’s sustainable development. This paper aims to investigate the effects of these environmental regulation policies on export product quality by using the quasi-difference-in-difference method. Empirical results show that the implementation of these pollution reduction targets significantly reduces export product quality. This negative impact is more profound in western regions, capital-intensive sectors and privately-owned firms. Moreover, the negative effect is only observed among firms exporting to non-OECD countries, whereas the export quality of firms exporting to OECD countries is positively affected by the new policy. Lastly, our extended analysis shows that the negative effects can be mitigated through product switching within the firms.

Keywords: Environmental regulation; Export product quality; Product switching; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 F18 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 45
Date: 2019
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cna, nep-ene, nep-env, nep-int and nep-tra
Note: MD5 = ee77643a926023c427aaf33124df71d7
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://ecompapers.biz.uwa.edu.au/paper/PDF%20of%20 ... %20Wu%20and%20Xu.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:uwa:wpaper:19-14

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Economics Discussion / Working Papers from The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sam Tang ().

 
Page updated 2020-02-23
Handle: RePEc:uwa:wpaper:19-14