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The Backward Incidence of Pollution Regulation on Workers’ Wages: Empirical Evidence From Shanghai

Vinod Mishra; Russell Smyth;
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  • Published: 01 May 2010
Abstract
In this study we examine the extent to which firms pass back the cost of pollution regulation to workers in the form of lower wages using a unique matched employer-employee dataset for Shanghai. The benefits and costs of pollution regulation in China are important topics to study as China comes under increasing pressure to move from a single-minded focus on energy-driven economic growth to a more balanced approach to economic growth. The benefits of such a shift, particularly in terms of health, are relatively well-studied, but the costs are less so. The hip-pocket effect of pollution regulation on workers’ wages is particularly important given that it is like...
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Medical Subject Headings: health care economics and organizations
free text keywords: Wages, Pollution abatement, China
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