Does market segmentation necessarily discourage energy efficiency?

Yanjun Yang, Rui Xue, Dong Yang*

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Abstract

Prior research tends to propose and examine the negative relationship between market segmentation and energy efficiency. Does market segmentation necessarily impair energy efficiency? Considering the critical role that Chinaese government play in managing erergy efficiency, we propose a non-linear relationship between market segmentation and energy efficiency. Using data of 30 provinces in Mainland China during 2000 to 2017, we find an inverse U-shaped relationship between market segmentation and energy efficiency. Our findings remain robust after controlling endogeneity issues. Therefore, a moderate level of market segmentation is acceptable and beneficial for long-term improvement of energy efficiency in emerging economies.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0233061
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2020

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