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The influence of local officials' promotion incentives on carbon emission in Yangtze River Delta, China

Meng, H., Huang, X., Yang, H., Chen, Z., Yang, J., Zhou, Y. and Li, J. (2019) The influence of local officials' promotion incentives on carbon emission in Yangtze River Delta, China. Journal of Cleaner Production, 213. pp. 1337-1345. ISSN 0959-6526

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.12.036

Abstract/Summary

China's carbon emissions is heavily influenced by economic growth, which can be largely related to the local officials' promotion incentives. The current study was conducted to test the hypothesis that the influence of local officials' individual characteristics on carbon emissions was driven by the promotion incentives. Yangtze River Delta where carbon emissions accounted for around 13.95% of China's total emissions was selected as the research area. The multiple linear regression model was applied to determine the relationship between local officials' characteristics and total carbon emissions and carbon emissions from different sectors. The results indicated that local officials' promotion source, tenure and age significantly influenced the total carbon emission. Despite insignificance influence of officials' academic level on carbon emissions, the professional background in economics and management had a significant influence on carbon reduction. Our results indicated the importance of local officials' promotion incentives for carbon emission in China. Therefore, low carbon development should be included as an important part of official promotion system.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:81861
Publisher:Elsevier

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