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Perverse Incentives and Air Pollution Regulation in China
Shiran Victoria Shen’s “The Political Regulation Wave” asks: what explains the changes in actual and reported air quality in China, and how do top-down environmental campaigns affect it? Making use of new data, approaches and techniques from across social and environmental sciences, this talk will explain how local leaders ordered different levels of regulation over time based on what their political superiors desired, leading to alternating “waves” of regulation and pollution. However, the effectiveness of their regulatory efforts depends on ambiguity in environmental regulations. When ambiguity dilutes regulatory effectiveness, having the right incentives and enhanced monitoring is insufficient for successful policy implementation.

• Shiran Victoria Shen, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University Doerr School of Sustainability‘s Precourt Institute for Energy
• Michael Davidson, Assistant Professor, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy and Jacobs School of Engineering

This webinar series is organized by the 21st Century China Center at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. For more information on China activities, as well as recordings of previous webinars, please visit china.ucsd.edu.

Oct 20, 2022 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Shiran Victoria Shen
Senior Research Scholar @Stanford University Doerr School of Sustainability‘s Precourt Institute for Energy
Shiran Victoria Shen (Ph.D., Stanford) joined the Stanford University Doerr School of Sustainability’s Precourt Institute for Energy after spending 2021-22 as a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Her primary research pipeline explores how local politics shape environmental governance. Her book is titled “The Political Regulation Wave: A Case of How Local Incentives Systematically Shape Air Quality in China:” (Cambridge University Press, 2022). For her research, she received two major association awards, the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell Award and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s Ph.D. Dissertation Award.