Theses Doctoral

Three Papers on Environment-related Decision Making and Development in China

Bao, Xiaojia

Environment related decision making in developing countries has been widely concerned because of the weak institution and high vulnerability to environmental risks and changes. However, empirical studies on these perspectives, especially quantitative analysis, are still quite limited due to data limitations. This dissertation empirically explore both governmental and households behaviors in a series of environmental decisions: dam construction, typhoon relief, water and electricity consumption in China, using both officially reported data and micro-level data collected in the field. In general, both governments and households respond to internal and external environmental shocks using their own tools, by adjusting governmental transfers or water and electricity consumptions. The last chapter discusses what are the implications of these findings on environment management and sustainable development.

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Sustainable Development
Thesis Advisors
Lall, Upmanu
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
May 23, 2013