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Article: The determinants of pollution levels: Firm-level evidence from Chinese manufacturing

TitleThe determinants of pollution levels: Firm-level evidence from Chinese manufacturing
Authors
KeywordsPollution
Local protection
Law enforcement
FDI
Issue Date2014
PublisherElsevier. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01475967
Citation
Journal of Comparative Economics, 2014, v. 42 n. 1, p. 118-142 How to Cite?
AbstractUsing a large, unique, firm-level dataset from the Chinese manufacturing sector, we study important factors that are related to emission intensity for three pollutants in China – sulfur dioxide, wastewater, and soot. Our main findings are as follows: (1) compared to state-owned enterprises (SOEs), both foreign-owned firms and domestic public-listed firms exhibit less intensive pollutant emissions; (2) firms in regions with less local protection have lower pollution intensity; (3) better property rights protection is negatively correlated with pollutant discharge over and beyond the national standards; and (4) larger firms, firms in industries that export more, and firms with more educated employees pollute less. These results suggest that China should not target foreign firms more harshly in its effort to reduce industrial pollution. Better institutions in the form of more effective law enforcement and lower entry barriers across regional markets are also means of curbing China’s pressing environmental problems during its current stage of economic development.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/192348
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.38
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.066
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dc.contributor.authorJiang, Len_US
dc.contributor.authorLin, Cen_US
dc.contributor.authorLin, Pen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-24T01:50:07Z-
dc.date.available2013-10-24T01:50:07Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Comparative Economics, 2014, v. 42 n. 1, p. 118-142en_US
dc.identifier.issn0147-5967en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/192348-
dc.description.abstractUsing a large, unique, firm-level dataset from the Chinese manufacturing sector, we study important factors that are related to emission intensity for three pollutants in China – sulfur dioxide, wastewater, and soot. Our main findings are as follows: (1) compared to state-owned enterprises (SOEs), both foreign-owned firms and domestic public-listed firms exhibit less intensive pollutant emissions; (2) firms in regions with less local protection have lower pollution intensity; (3) better property rights protection is negatively correlated with pollutant discharge over and beyond the national standards; and (4) larger firms, firms in industries that export more, and firms with more educated employees pollute less. These results suggest that China should not target foreign firms more harshly in its effort to reduce industrial pollution. Better institutions in the form of more effective law enforcement and lower entry barriers across regional markets are also means of curbing China’s pressing environmental problems during its current stage of economic development.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherElsevier. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01475967-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Comparative Economicsen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsNOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Comparative Economics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in PUBLICATION, [VOL 42, ISSUE 1, (2014)] DOI 10.1016/j.jce.2013.07.007-
dc.subjectPollution-
dc.subjectLocal protection-
dc.subjectLaw enforcement-
dc.subjectFDI-
dc.titleThe determinants of pollution levels: Firm-level evidence from Chinese manufacturingen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jce.2013.07.007en_US
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84894275543en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000333495300008-

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