Next Article in Journal
An Analysis of the Global Applicability of Ostrom’s Design Principles to Diagnose the Functionality of Common-Pool Resource Institutions
Next Article in Special Issue
Estimation of Ecological Compensation Standards for Fallow Heavy Metal-Polluted Farmland in China Based on Farmer Willingness to Accept
Previous Article in Journal
Ancient Irrigation Canals Mapped from Corona Imageries and Their Implications in Juyan Oasis along the Silk Road
Previous Article in Special Issue
Carbon Reduction Potential of Resource-Dependent Regions Based on Simulated Annealing Programming Algorithm
Article Menu
Issue 7 (July) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sustainability 2017, 9(7), 1284; doi:10.3390/su9071284

Time-Spatial Convergence of Air Pollution and Regional Economic Growth in China

School of Economics and Management, Southeast University, Nanjing 210000, China
Received: 28 June 2017 / Revised: 18 July 2017 / Accepted: 21 July 2017 / Published: 23 July 2017
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [1151 KB, uploaded 24 July 2017]   |  

Abstract

The haze pollution caused by fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) emissions has become one of the most crucial topics of sustainable environmental governance in China. Using the average concentration of PM 2.5 in China’s key cities from 2000 to 2012, as measured by aerosol optical depth, this study tested the time-spatial convergence of fine particulate matter pollution in China. The results show that there is a trend of absolute convergence between timespan and China’s PM 2.5 emissions. At the same time, in the geographic areas divided by the east, middle and west zones, there is a significant difference in the convergence rate of PM 2.5. The growth rate of PM 2.5 in the middle and west zones is significantly higher than that of the east zone. The correlation test between regional economic growth and PM 2.5 emissions suggest a significant positive N-type Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) after considering spatial lag and spatial error effect. View Full-Text
Keywords: PM 2.5; club convergence; non-linear time varying factor model; Environment Kuznets Curve PM 2.5; club convergence; non-linear time varying factor model; Environment Kuznets Curve
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Pu, Z. Time-Spatial Convergence of Air Pollution and Regional Economic Growth in China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1284.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top