The Economics of Air Pollution in China: Achieving Better and Cleaner Growth

Hardcover | November 29, 2016

byJun Ma

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Suffocating smog regularly envelops Chinese metropolises from Beijing to Shanghai, clouding the future prospect of China's growth sustainability. Air pollutants do not discriminate between the rich and the poor, the politician and the "average Joe." They put everyone's health and economic prosperity at risk, creating future costs that are difficult to calculate. Yet many people, including some in China, are concerned that addressing environmental challenges will jeopardize economic growth.

In The Economics of Air Pollution in China, leading Chinese economist Ma Jun makes the case that the trade-off between growth and environment is not inevitable. In his ambitious proposal to tackle severe air pollution and drastically reduce the level of so-called PM 2.5 particles-microscopic pollutants that lodge deeply in lungs-Ma Jun argues that in targeting pollution, China has a real opportunity to undertake significant structural economic reforms that would support long-term growth. Rooted in rigorous analyses and evidence-based projections, Ma Jun's "big bang" proposal aims to mitigate pollution and facilitate a transition to a greener and more sustainable growth model.

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Suffocating smog regularly envelops Chinese metropolises from Beijing to Shanghai, clouding the future prospect of China's growth sustainability. Air pollutants do not discriminate between the rich and the poor, the politician and the "average Joe." They put everyone's health and economic prosperity at risk, creating future costs that...

Ma Jun is chief economist at the research bureau of the People's Bank of China. He spent thirteen years at Deutsche Bank and has worked as an economist and senior economist at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:November 29, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231174942

ISBN - 13:9780231174947

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PrefaceIntroductionPart I. Getting to 30 µg/m3Introduction to Part One1. PM2.5 Data, Reduction Model, and Policy Package2. Environmental Actions: Necessary but Insufficient3. Structural Adjustment: The What and the How4. Enabling Change: Incentives Needed5. The Cleanup and Economic GrowthPart II. Cases Studies and Green Finance6. Case Study: Shanghai7. Case Study: Beijing8. How to Deal with Coal9. Making Green Finance Work in ChinaNotesIndex

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Economic growth and environmental protection are often pitted against each other as trade-offs-a view that continues to dominate in China. Ma Jun's book, however, shows that such a trade-off isn't necessary. Based on robust economic analysis and concrete prescriptions, Ma Jun's work makes a strong case for why continued economic reforms can deliver China a twofer: healthy economic growth and clearer skies and cleaner environment. This is important work that should be read by policy makers in both China and the United States.