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    Measuring the Effects of Air Pollution on GDP in China

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    Date(s) - 28/11/2017
    10:00 am - 11:30 am


    Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business


    CKGSB Beijing Campus, Oriental Plaza, East Tower 3, 12th Floor, 1 Chang An Road, Beijing, Beijing, China
    北京市东长安街 1 号东方广场东


    8518 8858



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    Pollution is fast becoming one of China’s most serious issues, with worrying statistics circulating about the effect of pollution on life expectancy. But behind the health risks, what are the financial costs of pollution on a country’s workforce? A ground-breaking new study has calculated a formula that draws a correlation between the effects of air pollution and labour productivity for manufacturing firms in China. Professor Brian Viard, one of the study’s co-authors, will present this data in public for the first time, explaining the rigorous methodology behind the calculations and revealing exactly how much China’s GDP is affected by different levels of pollution. He will then be joined by Anke Schrader, Senior Researcher at the Conference Board’s China Center for Economics and Business, who will help to discuss how improving air quality can generate substantial output and productivity benefits, as well as the impact of environmental regulations on firm competitiveness.



    V. Brian Viard is Associate Professor of Strategy and Economics, CKGSB. He was previously a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Professor Viard’s research focuses on industrial organization economics, economics of strategy, and environmental economics. He has studied the pricing and product strategies of firms in information and technology industries, including the role of product upgrades and complementary goods. Professor Viard’s recent work focuses on the determinants of Internet adoption, including provider competition and availability of content. He is also currently examining the economic effects of China’s efforts to reduce automobile pollution and the effect of air pollution on manufacturing productivity.

    Anke Schrader is Senior Researcher, China Center for Economics and Business, The Conference Board. Anke Schrader leads the research of The Conference Board China Center for Economics and Business on corporate citizenship, sustainability, and human capital. Her current research interests include corporate sustainability practices, measurement, and reporting; corporate citizenship and philanthropy engagement; civil society development; demographic changes in China and their implications for business and economic growth; China labor force evolution and development; and the evolving skill sets of China’s workforce. She is also responsible for coordinating China Center research programs, knowledge management, and outreach activities to members, institutions, co-operators, and the public. Anke graduated from the University of Konstanz, Germany with a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management.


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