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Research Seminars & Workshops @ IRES

Dr Li Pei & A/Prof Tu Yong
Department of Real Estate, National University of Singapore

Openness and Urban Air Pollution in China


16 March 2011 (Wednesday)


3.00 pm - 5.00 pm


RMI Executive Seminar Room
21 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Level 4


This paper investigates how openness impacts urban air quality in China. Openness stimulates international trade which full environmental impacts are decomposed into scale effect, technique effect, composition effects and trade-induced composition effect. Our empirical work concludes that openness generates mixed environmental consequences. The overall effects are sensitive to the choice of pollutants and the measures of openness. Hence, it is implausible to draw any conclusion on if openness is good or bad for environment. The open and affluent cities are associated with a better air quality, while relatively under developed cities in China are likely to pursue economic growth at higher environment costs in order to catch up their counterparts. The challenge for China is to put in motion a transition to amore secure, lower-pollutant energy system without undermining economic and social development.

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