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Sustainability 2017, 9(8), 1465; doi:10.3390/su9081465

Environmental Regulation and Industrial Structure Change in China: Integrating Spatial and Social Network Analysis

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School of Economics, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632, China
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Department of Geography and Computational Social Science Lab, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44240, USA
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Received: 21 June 2017 / Revised: 23 July 2017 / Accepted: 16 August 2017 / Published: 18 August 2017
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Social networking has become a crucial factor affecting regional economic activities. Employing the panel data of the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta in China, we examine the influence of environmental regulation on industrial structure and the role that social networks play in the spillover effect. Using the social media data from the Weibo API and the geo-information of enterprises, we construct the Weibo network and the enterprise network, then we analyze the network structures by employing a social network analysis method. The empirical results find the evidence of the spillover effects of environmental regulation through the above two networks by using network linkages as weight matrices in spatial econometric regressions. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental regulation; spatial and social network analysis; industrial structure change; social media environmental regulation; spatial and social network analysis; industrial structure change; social media
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Chong, Z.; Qin, C.; Ye, X. Environmental Regulation and Industrial Structure Change in China: Integrating Spatial and Social Network Analysis. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1465.

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