The Coupling Effect Analysis Between Economic Growth, Industrial Structure and Environmental Pollution in China


It is important to explore the coupling relationship between economic growth, industrial structure and environmental pollution. In numerous analysis frameworks which used for studying economic growth, industrial structure and environmental pollution, many scholars verified whether the situation of local area in accordance with the Kuznets curve, the obtained results were always diverse. Dividing China into 3 regions of eastern, central and western, the paper study the relationship between economic growth, industrial structure and environmental pollution by using coupling coordination degree model to analysis 28 provinces and cities' panel data in 2000-2016. The study found that the economic and environment development in most prefectural units are still at a lower level of coupling and coordination. There are significant disparities in coupling and coordinating degree between eastern coastal areas and western inner areas. And economic growth has a significantly positive impetus to environmental pollution while the improvement of economic growth comprehensive level leads to the deterioration of environmental conditions; China's current industrial structure is in good condition and it has crossed the inflection point of the inverted U-shaped curve into the stage industrial structure improve environment pollution; economic growth has a bigger direct positive effect on environmental pollution and it also indirectly affects environmental pollution by influencing industrial structure, technological progress and population quality. The coefficient of Industrial structure is the largest among the indirect path, which means industrial structure is the most effective way to improve environment pollution. Finally, it proposes some related suggestions based on the above conclusions.

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Yunxia Tan, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), China
Jing Yu, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), China
Yongbao Jin, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), China
Jing Zhang, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), China

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Conference: ACSEE2017
Stream: Economic Sustainability: Environmental Challenges and Economic Growth

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