Towards a System of Open Cities in China: Home Prices, FDI Flows and Air Quality in 35 Major Cities
33 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2009 Last revised: 19 Mar 2010
Date Written: February 2009
Over the last thirty years, China's major cities have experienced significant income and population growth. Much of this growth has been fueled by urban production spurred by world demand. Using a unique cross-city panel data set, we test several hypotheses concerning the relationship between home prices, wages, foreign direct investment and ambient air pollution across major Chinese cities. Home prices are lower in cities with higher ambient pollution levels. Cities featuring higher per-capita FDI flows have lower pollution levels.
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