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Natural Hazards

, Volume 91, Issue 2, pp 611–633 | Cite as

Enhancing the development of sharing economy to mitigate the carbon emission: a case study of online ride-hailing development in China

  • Guowei Zhu
  • Hongshan Li
  • Li Zhou
Original Paper

Abstract

The rapid development of online ride-hailing sharing economic platform provided an efficient way to mitigate the carbon emission of modern traffic in China. However, its development was blocked by the social management system whose update is relatively slow. How to resolve the conflict between the new economic paradigm development under the technology empowerment and the old public administration system and effectively solve the new economic and social problems it brought by are the major challenges for the healthy and sustainable development of this type of sharing economy. To shed light on the solutions to such conflict, the present paper conducts a case study on China’s largest online ride-hailing platform ‘Didi Chuxing’. The results indicate that the separation of ownership and use rights following the sharing economy brings a new approach to the efficient use of resources. The development of Didi displays a bottom-up policy innovation and institutional change. The path choice of enterprise development will affect its acquisition of legitimacy to a great extent. In this mobile Internet era, the public plays a critical role in shaping the new policy.

Keywords

Carbon emission Sharing economy Online ride-hailing Technology empowerment Public policy 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 71271079).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MarketingBusiness School of Hunan UniversityChangshaChina

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