The Impact of New-Type Urbanization Policy on Urban Green Total Factor Productivity: New Evidence from China

Zhijun Li, Yuanyuan Shi, Michal Wojewodzki, Yigang Wei, Meiyu Guo*

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    China’s new-type urbanization has been instrumental in fostering high-quality economic and social progress. This research explores the impact and underlying mechanisms of the new-type urbanization policy on urban green total factor productivity (GTFP) by analyzing a sample of 165 Chinese prefecture-level cities from 2009 to 2020. Utilizing the difference-in-differences (DID) approach, the study uncovers several key findings: (1) compared to non-pilot areas, the new-type urbanization policy significantly boosts urban GTFP by 43.5%, supporting a shift towards more sustainable and eco-friendly urban growth; (2) the analysis of impact mechanisms indicates that these policies enhance urban GTFP through technological innovation and environmental regulation; and (3) the urban agglomeration model test reveals that being part of an urban agglomeration amplifies the effects of the new-type urbanization policy on GTFP. These results underscore the significance of these policies in driving sustainable and high-quality urban development in China, offering valuable insights for policymakers to formulate and implement effective urbanization strategies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number5220
    Number of pages21
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2024

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
    • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
    • Hardware and Architecture
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

    User-Defined Keywords

    • China
    • DID
    • green total factor productivity
    • influencing mechanisms
    • new-type urbanization


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