Zheng Wang has secured funding for a project on ‘International Trade, Environmental Regulation, and Environmental Quality: Evidence from China’. The project is joint with Limin Du (Zhejiang University), will run from January 2020 to December 2023, and is funded by the Natural Science Foundation of China.

The aim of this project is to investigate the nexus of international trade, environmental regulation and environmental quality in China using unique firm-level data. More specifically, it will start by examining how trade openness affects firms’ pollution emissions, followed by an exploration of the effect of intra-industry trade on environmental quality. It will then further investigate how firm productivity affects its trade and pollution emissions, and the role of environmental regulatory policies in shaping the landscape of trade and environmental quality in China. Based on the findings obtained from this research, they expect to give policy recommendations for the reconciliation of trade and environmental policies to achieve a balanced development target that will in turn influence the other parts of the world.