Comprehensive Evaluation of China's Green Urbanization Level--Measurement Based on Provincial Panel Data

  •  Pan Wenjie    
  •  Mei Daniel Weiyue    


Along with the shift of China’s economy from a high-speed development stage to a high-quality development stage, traditional urbanization is also transforming into the form of green and low-carbon. Based on the connotation of green urbanization, this paper selects 2007-2021 as the research period; measures the green urbanization level of 31 provinces and municipalities directly under the central government through a comprehensive index of indicators and analyzes the relative and absolute differences among different regions with the Dagum Gini coefficient and the dynamic evolution of distribution model. The results show that the overall green urbanization level at the provincial level has been improving, with the characteristics of the eastern region exhibiting high quality, and the central and western regions exhibiting high growth. The results also demonstrate significant intra-regional differences between the eastern and western regions, with the intra-regional differences in the northeast displaying a trend of ‘maintenance-expansion-contraction’. While the intra-regional differences in the central and western regions are generally decreasing, the uneven green urbanization level among different regions is also gradually being alleviated; however, more attention must be paid to the long-standing gap between the eastern and other regions in China.

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