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Title: Exploring the economic impact of construction pollution by disaggregating the construction sector of the input-output table
Authors: Cheng, EWL
Chiang, YH 
Tang, BS
Keywords: Construction
Disaggregate
Economy
Efficiency
I-O table
Pollution
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Building and environment, 2006, v. 41, no. 12, p. 1940-1951 How to cite?
Journal: Building and environment 
Abstract: It has been argued that much environmental pollution is attributed to the construction sector. Other than the study of how such pollutants affect other parties, emphasis can be placed on estimating its economic impact on the construction sector itself. By knowing this, the sector may think of protecting itself by reducing pollutants. The study employs the disaggregated method in input-output (I-O) analyses to partition the original sector into a construction sector and a construction pollution sector and to employ sensitivity analysis to simulate the economic impacts of different levels of construction pollution. The real I-O tables of Japan are used for demonstration purposes. Results indicate that when the construction sector produces more pollutants, its outputs to other sectors would reduce and the inputs from other sectors would increase. This suggests that the construction sector becomes less economic efficient when more pollutants are generated. As a result, the economic impact of pollution has to be alleviated to improve the efficiency of the sector. This implication may also be applied to other sectors.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/10726
ISSN: 0360-1323
EISSN: 1873-684X
DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2005.06.020
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