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Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Campus Access Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Natural Resource Economics (MS)

Administrative Home Department

School of Business and Economics

Advisor 1

Gary Campbell

Committee Member 1

Howard Qi

Committee Member 2

Paul Doskey

Abstract

Beijing, as the capital of China, is rapidly developing with the increasing population and enhanced industrialization in recent years. At the same time, the air quality has become increasingly worse in Beijing due to the continuing growth in automobiles and the uncontrolled pollutant emissions. The increased occurrence of smoggy days in China has attracted public concerns. To solve the air pollution problem, the Beijing government has implemented a series of policies, regulations and actions on air pollution prevention and control. This paper, firstly, summarizes Beijing's current air pollution situations the main sources of PM2.5,and the relevant laws and policies on air pollution prevention and control; Secondly, evaluates the current government policies related to air pollution control and their feasibility; Finally, introduces control measures and actions in China. This paper provides a fundamental understanding of the current air pollution in Beijing and control policies made by Beijing's government. There are many other factors may affect air pollution condition, policymakers should take all of them into account when making decisions.

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