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WP/78 Energy Consumption and Carbon Emission-Based Productivity Change and Industrialization in Post-Reform China

The paper investigates the determinants of productivity growth in China. It also analyses the sustainability of the country's industrial growth by estimating sectoral productivity, accounting for energy usage and emission since the start of the market-oriented reforms in the late 1970s. The growth accounting analysis indicates that productivity is the most significant driver of growth. Energy and capital are also important factors promoting China's industrial growth. The substantial productivity improvement of China's industry is attributable more to high-tech light industrial sectors. Heavy industry, characterized by high energy emission levels, lags behind in terms of productivity and overall technical change.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Working Paper
Volume:
2010/78
Title:
WP/78 Energy Consumption and Carbon Emission-Based Productivity Change and Industrialization in Post-Reform China
Authors:
Shiyi Chen, and Amelia U. Santos-Paulino
Publication date:
June 2010
ISBN 13 Web:
978-92-9230-316-7
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2010
Keywords:
productivity growth, industrial sustainability, energy consumption, carbon emission
JEL:
D24, O47, Q25, Q32
Project:
New Directions in Development Economics (2010)
Sponsor:
UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges the financial contributions to its research programme by the governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development—DFID).
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online and printed copies
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