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Title: Factors decomposition of carbon emissions embodied in China's agricultural export

Authors: Yuqin Dai; Zhongchao Feng; Xiaoxun Ouyang

Addresses: College of Economics and Management, Huazhong Agricultural University, 1 Shizishan Road, Wuhan 430070, China; School of Economics and Trade, Hunan University of Commence, 569 Yuelu Ave., Changsha 410205, China ' College of Economics and Management, Huazhong Agricultural University, 1 Shizishan Road, Wuhan 430070, China ' School of Management, Hunan University of Commence, 569 Yuelu Ave., Changsha 410205, China

Abstract: An input-output model is established to calculate the volume of carbon emissions embodied in China's agricultural export and its distribution in China's agricultural sectors during the period of 2001-2013. The contributing factors in growth of carbon emissions embodied in China's agricultural export is then decomposed into scale effect, structure effect and technical effect, with which overall and sectional analysis are made through LMDI model. The empirical results show that scale effect is the main reason for the rise of carbon emissions embodied in China's agricultural export. Technical effect is the most important factor to inhibit the growth of embodied carbon emissions from agricultural export products. But it does not necessarily lead to a drop of embodied carbon emissions of agricultural products due to the increases of the rigid demand for energy and intensity of energy consumption in China's agricultural sectors. The influence of structure effect on changes of carbon emissions embodied in China's agricultural export remains less significant so far.

Keywords: carbon emissions; environmental pollution; agricultural exports; input-output models; LMDI model; logarithmic mean Divisia index; factor decomposition; China; agriculture; CO2; carbon dioxide; scale effect; structure effect; technical effect; air pollution; energy demand; energy consumption.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCCM.2017.082395

International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management, 2017 Vol.4 No.1, pp.51 - 66

Received: 16 May 2016
Accepted: 18 Aug 2016

Published online: 20 Feb 2017 *

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