Total Factor Productivity, Pollution and ‘Green’ Economic Growth in China
Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Volume 27, Issue 4, pages 504–515, May 2015
How to Cite
2015), Total Factor Productivity, Pollution and ‘Green’ Economic Growth in China. J. Int. Dev., 27, 504–515. doi: 10.1002/jid.2944.(
- Issue online: 29 APR 2015
- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 26 APR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 28 APR 2011
- total factor productivity;
- pollution emission;
- sustainable growth
This paper investigates the linkage between China's output growth and its pollution emissions. We find that growth of total factor productivity in the Chinese provinces over the period of 1997–2011 was accompanied by increasing pollution emissions. Our study shows that over this period, a significant part of China's output growth previously attributed to total factor productivity growth is actually due to increasing environmental inputs. On the basis of the general ideas of the green Solow model and our empirical analyses, long-run green sustainable growth in China would be unachievable under current conditions of pollution abatement efforts. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.