Sustainable water resource and endogenous economic growth

Ning Zhang, Tao Wu, Bing Wang, Liang Dong, Jingzheng Ren

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Poyang Lake suffers from a severe shortage of water, due to the construction of the Three Gorges Dam and other hydropower stations along the upper Yangtze River. In this paper, we propose a two-sector endogenous growth model to investigate the effects of extractive water use and impoundment activities on the optimal sustainable growth path. To offset the negative impact of the extractive use on the regenerative capacities of water resources, the impoundment activities should grow at a constant rate. We also provide a numerical example to illustrate the mechanisms of the endowment and the regenerative capacities of water resources on the long-run economic growth path. We find out some theoretical evidence to support the construction of a water conservancy project to restore regeneration capacities of Poyang Lake.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-244
Number of pages8
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Endogenous economic growth
  • Extractive use
  • Impoundment activities
  • Poyang Lake
  • Renewable water resources
  • Water sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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