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Comparative Study on Inter-Regional Differences of Economic Growth and Environmental Quality in China

Environment and Climate Change

A model of economic growth and environmental quality is presented in this paper, which then focuses on measuring the relationship between economic growth and environmental quality for China's four big economic regions. The inter-regional differences among the four areas are also compared. The research results show that the relationships between the three industrial waste emissions and economic growth have not completely followed an environmental Kuznets law, and the results for each region have obvious differences. Factors such as economic growth, industrial structure, technical progress, environmental governance and external openness have different impacts on the environmental quality in the four regions. However, readjustments of industrial structure and technical progress have positive impacts on the environmental quality to all regions.

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Enjun Xia
Publication Date
August, 2013