Environmental regulation and haze pollution : Neighbor-companion or neighbor-beggar?

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Original languageEnglish
Article number112183
Journal / PublicationEnergy Policy
Volume151
Online published24 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Abstract

The paper employs the spatial econometric method and in the Yangtze River Delta, constructs unique spatial matrices to analyze the effect of environmental regulation on haze pollution. The effect of formal and informal environmental regulation is also differentiated. The contributions of this paper are: (1) Research perspective: it compares the effects of informal and formal environmental regulations, stresses the effect of environmental regulation on haze pollution, and identifies the specific mechanisms involved; (2) in terms of methodologies, the study employs a spatial self-lag model and constructs an asymmetric logistics matrix; (3) the study investigates the micro-mechanism involved, to reveal the intermediate action of technological innovation and industrial structure; (4) it is shown that the results are robust after using the instrumental variable (promotion pressure of government officials) for environmental regulation. The policy implications are: Environmental regulation in the Yangtze River Delta region still needs to make a trade-off between economic development and environmental pollution, but the good news is that the convergence of environmental regulation can help promote environmental improvement, and the rigorization of environmental regulation can help optimize industrial structure, and talent cultivation is conducive to the formation and strengthening of the neighbor-companion effect of environmental regulation.

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  • Environmental regulation, Haze pollution, Spatial econometric method, Yangtze river delta, “Inverted-U″ curve

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Environmental regulation and haze pollution: Neighbor-companion or neighbor-beggar? / Zhou, Qian; Zhong, Shihu; Shi, Tao et al.
In: Energy Policy, Vol. 151, 112183, 04.2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review