Does the government’s environmental attention affect ambient pollution? Empirical research on Chinese cities

Shan Huang, Yan Ding, Pierre Failler*

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    Abstract

    Environmental pollution has attracted growing government attention. We employ a series of panel data regression models to measure and analyze the impact of environmental attention of 284 prefecture-level municipal governments on ambient pollution in China. The results show that: (1) The improvement of government environmental attention can curb ambient pollution. (2) The impact of government environmental attention on ambient pollution is heterogeneous in the difference of regional and local environmental pollution severity. (3) Government environmental attention inhibits ambient pollution through green development and industrial upgrading. The conclusions of this paper provide evidence and implication for
    environmental regulation in developing countries and cities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number3242
    Number of pages19
    JournalSustainability
    Volume14
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2022

    Keywords

    • governement environmental attention
    • ambient pollution
    • heterogeneity
    • mechanism

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