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Zhi Wang

School of Economics
Fudan University
RM125, BLDG 11
220 Handan Rd.
Yangpu District, Shanghai 200433
China

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Institutional Affiliation: Fudan University

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August 2016The Consequences of Spatially Differentiated Water Pollution Regulation in China
with Zhao Chen, Matthew E. Kahn, Yu Liu: w22507
China’s environmental regulators have sought to reduce the Yangtze River’s water pollution. We document that this regulatory effort has had two unintended consequences. First, the regulation’s spatial differential stringency has displaced economic activity upstream. As polluting activity agglomerates upstream, more Pigouvian damage is caused downstream. Second, the regulation has focused on reducing one dimension of water pollution called chemical oxygen demand (COD). Thus, local officials face weak incentives to engage in costly effort to reduce other non-targeted but more harmful water pollutants such as petroleum, lead, mercury, and phenol.

Published: Zhao Chen & Matthew E. Kahn & Yu Liu & Zhi Wang, 2018. "The consequences of spatially differentiated water pollution regulation in China," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, . citation courtesy of

 
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