28 Mar 2014

Who Benefit From Beijing Smog?

L writes:*

It is not news that waves of toxic particles smog attacked Beijing since 2014 January. PM2.5 became a new “popular” word in China. The residents complained about it, and everyone wanted the government to take action on it. It seems every resident is a victim; but who benefit from the Beijing smog?

First, people who often drive cars are winners, because they save their time and enjoy the convenience. But they are not the only ones who get benefits. Beijing is the capital city of China, also the most popular. It is not big but crowded. Almost 75% of its residents were not born in Beijing. They move to Beijing and work there for more chance. If people drive cars are winners, then people whose jobs are related to “driving” also benefit from the smog because they earn salaries on it. Car garage men, car sellers, gas stations workers, parking lots workers…and even the lady who sells soy beverage at a gas station all benefit from the issue.

Bottom Line: The smog is a result of economic development in China. It should be solved as a long term problem instead of expecting the government remove the smog during one night. Each resident of Beijing should be aware of their responsibility because everyone benefited from its development.

* These guest posts are from students in my resource economics class at Simon Fraser University. Please leave feedback on their logic, ideas and style and suggestions of how to improve.