PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2020, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (9): 1436-1446.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2020.09.002

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Comparative study of the impact of local government land transfer intervention on regional industrial carbon emissions:An example of eight economic zones

WANG Bo(), WU Tianhang, FENG Shuyi*()   

  1. College of Public Administration, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
  • Received:2019-09-29 Revised:2020-01-19 Online:2020-09-28 Published:2020-11-28
  • Contact: FENG Shuyi;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(71804070);National Natural Science Foundation of China(71673144);Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province(BK20180549);Humanities and Social Science Project of the Ministry of Education(17YJC790145);China Postdoctoral Science Foundation(2017M611845)


Examining the difference in the impact of regional government intervention on carbon emissions is of great significance for China to promote carbon emission reduction strategies and coordinate regional economic and social development. In view of this, based on the local government industrial land transfer data and taking China's eight economic zones as examples, this study used the organic coupled CO2 environmental Kuznets curve (CKC) model and the stochastic impacts by regression on population, affluence and technology (STIRPAT) model construct the STIRPAT expansion model, and used the industrial panel data of 28 provinces (municipalities and autonomous regions) from 2007 to 2016 to compare and analyze the differential impacts of government land transfer intervention on industrial carbon emissions. The research results show that there are significant differences in the impact of government land transfer intervention on regional carbon emissions in different economic zones. Among the eight zones, the northern coastal, southern coastal and the middle reaches of the Yangtze River economic zones have the same inverted-N type CKC. However, the impact of government land transfer intervention on regional carbon emissions shows the different effects with the northern coastal economic zone as negative, the southern coastal economic zone as positive and the middle reaches of the Yangtze River economic zone without significant effect. The northeastern, southwestern and northwestern economic zone have the same inverted-U type CKC, and government land transfer intervention has a significant negative impact on regional carbon emissions in the northeastern, southwestern economic zone, while insignificant impact in northwestern economic zone. The eastern coastal region and the middle reaches of the Yellow River have the same U type CKC, and the government land transfer intervention on carbon emissions also show the opposite effects, with the former being negative and the latter being positive. The result of the analysis may provide a reference for differentiated energy saving and emission reduction policy and regional coordinated sustainable development.

Key words: industrial carbon emission, regional government intervention, land transfer, comparative study, eight economic zones