Title: Government behaviours in sustainable development of tea industry: empirical evidence from Fujian, China

Authors: Yihui Chen; Minjie Li

Addresses: Anxi College of Tea Science, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, Fujian, China; School of Economics and Management, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350116, Fujian, China ' School of Economics and Management, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350116, Fujian, China

Abstract: Tea contributes significantly to the agricultural economy of the main producing areas. However, there are many factors hindering the sustainable development of the tea industry. In this study, we employed the geographical and temporal weighted regression (GTWR) model to analyse the spatiotemporal distribution and determinants of sustainable tea production in 67 counties in Fujian from 2008 to 2017. Hence, this paper considers the dependent variable, namely the sustainable development index, and the independent variables, namely the environmental regulation intensity (ERI), the government financial support (FIS), the development level of S&T and education (STE), regional development level (RDL), government concerns (GCO) and infrastructure construction (INC). The empirical results show that the influences of factors on sustainable development have obvious spatiotemporal heterogeneity. On the whole, ERI, FIS, GCO and INC show positive influences on sustainable development, while STE and RDL show negative influences. Ultimately, some practical policy recommendations are put forward.

Keywords: government behaviours; sustainable development; environmental regulation intensity; ERI; government financial support; regional development level; RDL; geographical and temporal weighted regression; GTWR; government concerns; Fujian; spatiotemporal distributions; tea industry; China.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSD.2021.115233

International Journal of Sustainable Development, 2021 Vol.24 No.1, pp.60 - 80

Received: 03 Apr 2020
Accepted: 10 Jan 2021

Published online: 20 May 2021 *

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