Pollution for Promotion

  title={Pollution for Promotion},
  author={Ruixue Jia},
This paper demonstrates that China’s high environmental pollution levels can partly be explained by the incentives embedded in the country’s political institutions. Guided by a simple career concerns model with the choice of dirty and clean technologies, I examine empirically how promotion incentives of provincial governors affect pollution. To find exogenous variation in promotion incentives, I explore within-governor variation in connections with key officials due to reshuffling at the center… CONTINUE READING