The effect of information technology on environmental pollution in China

  • Zhonghua ChengEmail author
  • Lianshui Li
  • Jun Liu
Research Article


Environmental pollution has become a common topic in the world. The existing literature rarely studies the relationship between information technology and environmental pollution from a spatial perspective. This paper uses spatial econometric models and the panel data of 285 cities in China from 2003 to 2016 to study the effect of information technology on environmental pollution. The results of spatial auto-correlation analysis show that there is a significant positive spatial auto-correlation between information technology and environmental pollution, and the spatial path dependence characteristics are obvious. The estimation results of the spatial econometric models show that information technology has significantly aggravated environmental pollution, and the rebound effect of information technology on environmental pollution has played a leading role, indicating that the policy effect of China using information technology to improve the environment quality is not obvious.


Information technology Environment pollution Spatial econometric model Rebound effect 


Funding information

The work in this paper was supported by the Major Project of the National Social Science Foundation (grant no. 16ZDA047), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 71803087), the Jiangsu Social Science Foundation (grant no. 17EYC010), the Top-notch Academic Programs Project of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, and the Project Funded by the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.China Institute of Manufacturing DevelopmentNanjing University of Information Science & TechnologyNanjingChina
  2. 2.School of Management Science and EngineeringNanjing University of Information Science & TechnologyNanjingChina
  3. 3.Reading AcademyNanjing University of Information Science & TechnologyNanjingChina

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