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Does a Polycentric Spatial Structure Help to Reduce Industry Emissions?

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Key Research Institute of Yellow River Civilization and Sustainable Development & Collaborative Innovation Center on Yellow River Civilization Jointly Built by Henan Province and Ministry of Education, Henan University, Kaifeng 475001, China
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Institute of Eco-Chongming, 20 Cuiniao Rd., Chenjia Zhen, Chongming, Shanghai 202162, China
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Academic Editors: Jianjun Zhang, Li Wang and Bofeng Cai
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(13), 8167; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138167
Received: 8 June 2022 / Revised: 30 June 2022 / Accepted: 1 July 2022 / Published: 3 July 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Decarbonization Politics, Green Economy and Carbon Neutrality)
City planners are increasingly drawn to ways of transforming urban spatial structure as an important strategy for reducing pollutant emissions. As its main contribution, this paper uses firm-level emissions data to quantify impact mechanisms related to factor flow, firm size, and division of labour. We examine the effects of spatial polycentricity on firm-level industrial emissions, using a pooled cross-sectional model, based on emissions data from individual firms in China. We show that, all else being equal, polycentric spatial structures help to reduce the emissions of industrial firms. This finding is not affected by index measures, changes in industrial structure, or city-sample selection. A mechanism analysis shows that polycentric structures not only enhance the emission-reduction effects of factor flow and firm size, but also reduce firm-level emissions by strengthening the urban division of labour. Our findings support the emission-reduction performance of polycentric spatial structures, promoting the integration of city planning and industrial policies that jointly contribute to reducing firm-level emissions and preventing and controlling air pollution. View Full-Text
Keywords: polycentricity; firm-level emissions; urban spatial structure; industry; spatial distribution polycentricity; firm-level emissions; urban spatial structure; industry; spatial distribution
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