Urban climate adaptability and green total-factor productivity: Evidence from double dual machine learning and differences-in-differences techniques

Huwei Wen, Keyu Hu, Xuan Hoa Nghiem, Alex O. Acheampong*

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Abstract

Climate change has increasingly become a significant challenge to sustainable socio-economic development, and climate adaptation is a key issue that relevant research focuses on regional sustainable development models. By employing panel data between 2007 and 2020 from 284 Chinese prefecture-level cities, this study adopts quasi-experimental methods, including a difference-in-differences design and double dual machine learning model, to study the impact of climate adaptability on green regional sustainable development. Empirical results confirm that the pilot policy of building climate-resilient cities significantly improves urban green total-factor productivity. Difference-in-difference models (derived from entropy-weight and propensity score matching) and double dual learning models also support the improving effect of regional green total-factor productivity after policy intervention. The digital economy has strengthened the green development effect of pilot policies for building climate-adaptive cities. In addition, policy interventions to build climate-adaptive cities promote green urban development by optimizing industrial development structures and enhancing economic growth resilience. In addition, climate adaptability can also attract highly skilled talent and high-quality enterprises, facilitate science and technological progress in urban areas, and thus promoting the green development of cities in China. This study objectively evaluates the effects of climate policies and provides insights for global adaptation to climate change and optimization of public policies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number119588
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Volume350
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024

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