China Project economist Mun HO contrasts economic conditions in China's rust belt to that of other regions and the resulting effects on local environmental implementation. For an audio excerpt of the interview on the BBC's "The Inquiry," click here. Ho describes the challenges of unexpected economic slowdown within China and the prolonged global recession. Some local authorities are resistant to environmental controls, fearing layoffs, factory shutdowns, and social instability. But China is rich enough to afford investments in pollution control, which only require better alignment of incentives for local officials.
January 29, 2016