Journal Article
No. 2017-27 | October 02, 2017
Does corruption matter for the environment? Panel evidence from China


This article examines the income-energy-SO2 emissions nexus by taking a corruption variable into account. To that end, the panel cointegration methods are applied to 29 Chinese provinces over 1999–2012. The authors´ empirical evidence shows that an increase in the number of anti-corruption cases tends to drive down SO2 emissions in China. It is also found that income growth appears to have a beneficial effect on decreasing SO2 emissions over the past two decades. Finally, energy consumption is found to increase SO2 emissions.

JEL Classification:

C23, Q56


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Cite As

Xianchun Liao, Eyup Dogan, and Jungho Baek (2017). Does corruption matter for the environment? Panel evidence from China. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 11 (2017-27): 1–12.

Comments and Questions

Gerasimos Soldatos - article review
October 11, 2017 - 12:59

A positive relationship between energy consumption and pollution is logical to expect. A positive relationship between corruption and pollution is logical to expect, too. But, I think a sentence or two are needed on the inverse relationship between income growth and pollution.