On the relationship between pollution reduction and export product quality: Evidence from Chinese firms

Yuping Deng, Yanrui Wu, Helian Xu

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Abstract

Chinese government adopted a new environmental program during “Eleventh Five-Year Plan” period. Whether this program can achieve its goal of pollution reduction and quality improvement for exports is of vital importance for China's sustainable development. This paper constructs a quasi-difference-in-difference (DID) framework to identify the effects of the new environmental policy on export product quality by using highly disaggregated trade transaction data at the product level. Empirical results show that the implementation of pollution reduction targets is negatively correlated with export product quality. This negative impact is more profound in western regions, capital-intensive industries, privately owned firms and firms exporting to countries which are not members of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development group. In addition, our extended analysis shows that the negative effects can be mitigated through product switching within the firms. The major policy implication is that local governments should take proper measures to strengthen the effects of innovation offsets caused by environmental regulation and effectively utilize the induced effects of environmental regulation on product switching. The goal is to achieve a win-win outcome for environmental protection and improvement in export product quality.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111883
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Volume281
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021

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