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Water 2018, 10(7), 832;

Water Use Efficiency and Its Influencing Factors in China: Based on the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA)—Tobit Model

School of Public Policy & Management, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221116, China
Business of School, Hohai University, Nanjing 211100, China
Library, Huaiyin Institute of Technology, Huai’an 223003, China
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Received: 19 April 2018 / Revised: 19 June 2018 / Accepted: 20 June 2018 / Published: 23 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Water Resources Management and Governance)
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Water resources are important and irreplaceable natural and economic resources. Achieving a balance between economic prosperity and protection of water resource environments is a major issue in China. This article develops a data envelopment analysis (DEA) approach with undesirable outputs by using Seiford’s linear converting method to estimate water use efficiencies for 30 provinces in China, from 2008–2016,and then analyzes the influencing factors while using a DEA-Tobit model. The findings show that the overall water use efficiency of the measured Chinese provinces, when considering sewage emissions as the undesirable output, is 0.582. Thus, most regions still need improvement. Provinces with the highest water efficiency are located in economically developed Eastern China. The spatial pattern of water use efficiency in China is consistent with the general pattern of regional economic development. This study implies that factors like export dependence, technical progress, and educational value have a positive influence on water use efficiency. Further, while industrial structure has had a negative impact, government intervention has had little impact on water use efficiency. These research results will provide a scientific basis for the government to make plans for water resource development, and it may be helpful in improving regional sustainable development. View Full-Text
Keywords: China; water; efficiency; DEA-Tobit model; data envelopment analysis China; water; efficiency; DEA-Tobit model; data envelopment analysis

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Wang, S.; Zhou, L.; Wang, H.; Li, X. Water Use Efficiency and Its Influencing Factors in China: Based on the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA)—Tobit Model. Water 2018, 10, 832.

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