China’s War on Pollution: Evidence from the First Five Years
30 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2021 Last revised: 4 Jun 2021
Date Written: January 12, 2021
The decade from 2010 to 2019 marked a significant turning point in China’s history of environmental regulation and pollution. This article describes the recent trends in air and water quality, with a focus on the five years since China declared a “war on pollution” in 2014. It summarizes the emerging literature that has taken advantage of accompanying improvements in data availability and accuracy to document sharp improvements in environmental quality, especially local air pollution, and understand their social, economic, and health consequences.
Keywords: air pollution, water pollution, government policy
JEL Classification: Q50, Q53, Q56
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