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Is the price elasticity of demand for coal in China increasing?

Burke, Paul J.; Liao, Hua


China's dependence on coal is a major contributor to local and global environmental problems. In this paper we estimate the price elasticity of demand for coal in China using a panel of province-level data for 1998–2012. We find that provincial coal demand has become increasingly price elastic. As of 2012 we estimate that this elasticity was in the range −0.3 to −0.7 in point estimate terms when responses over two years are considered. The results imply that China's coal market is becoming...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015-12
Type: Journal article
Source: China Economic Review
DOI: 10.1016/j.chieco.2015.10.004


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