Can the Urban Growth Boundary Reduce Urban Industrial Air Pollution in China? A Study from the Perspective of the Sustainability of Land Urbanization
Jun Li 1
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School of Finance and Public Administration, Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance, Shanghai 201620
Submission date: 2022-02-02
Final revision date: 2022-05-03
Acceptance date: 2022-05-16
Online publication date: 2022-08-05
Publication date: 2022-09-28
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Chuan Zuo   

Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance, China
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2022;31(5):4745-4756
Using the panel data on 93 prefecture-level cities in China from 2005 to 2018, this paper takes the UGB implementation in pilot cities as a quasi-natural experiment and uses the difference in difference model to empirically test the impact and mechanism of urban growth boundary (UGB) on urban industrial air pollution. The results show that the UGB policy has a significant role in reducing urban industrial air pollution. This conclusion remains valid after a series of robustness tests. Furthermore, we found that UGB reduces industrial air pollution through governance effects rather than spillover effects, and the negative impact is dynamic and sustainable. Hence, UGB contributes to the sustainable development of land urbanization in terms of reducing industrial air pollution. This research provides empirical evidence for the sustainable development of land urbanization and green development in China.
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