Interaction between digital economy and environmental pollution: new evidence from a spatial perspective

Sa Xu, Cunyi Yang , Zhehao Huang*, Pierre Failler

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Abstract

The digital economy and the green economy are two major issues for economic recovery in the post epidemic era. From spatial interaction spillover, we analyze and measure the relationships between the digital economy and environmental pollution in 287 prefecture-level cities in China from 2008 to 2018 using simultaneous spatial equations and the generalized three-stage least square (GS3SLS) method. The results show that: (1) there is reverse and complex spatio-temporal evolution of the digital economy and environmental pollution in Chinese cities. (2) There is a spatial interaction spillover effect between the digital economy and environmental pollution. Local digital economy and environmental pollution inhibit each other. The digital economy and environmental pollution have a significant spatial spillover. The digital economy of surrounding regions has a suppressive effect on local environmental pollution. The environmental
pollution of surrounding cities has a crowding-out effect on the local digital economy. (3) Digital economy suppresses environmental pollution through the green development effect and innovative development effect; environmental pollution suppresses the digital economy through talent crowding out effect and policy tightening effect. The conclusion of this paper provides evidence for the coupling and coordinated development between the digital and green economy, which is of great reference significance to promote the transformation of economic development mode and realize green and high-quality development.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5074
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • digital economy
  • green economy
  • environmental pollution
  • simultaneous spatial equation

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