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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 8472703, 11 pages
Research Article

An Empirical Analysis of the Coupling Coordination among Decomposed Effects of Urban Infrastructure Environment Benefit: Case Study of Four Chinese Autonomous Municipalities

1College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
2School of Public Administration, Tianjin University of Commerce, Tianjin 300134, China

Received 25 August 2016; Revised 18 October 2016; Accepted 20 November 2016

Academic Editor: Gennaro N. Bifulco

Copyright © 2016 Yu Sun et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The environment benefit of urban public infrastructure is the positive influence on the natural ecological environment generated by the use of urban infrastructure. This paper decomposes urban infrastructure environment benefit into three effects which include treating waste effect, purifying air effect, and regulating climate effect for the first time and introduces a comprehensive approach to evaluate the coupling coordination among three effects taking four Chinese autonomous municipalities as an example. These four cities have large-scale urban infrastructures but their environment problems are more serious. The basic function of urban infrastructures, especially environment protection, has not been fully played in these cities. Whether the different decomposed effects of urban infrastructure environment benefit have been developed in harmony or not is unclear. We analyzed the coordinated development among three effects by constructing a coupling coordination degree model and studied the impacts of three effects on coupling coordination degree using the panel data regression model. The result showed that the coupling coordination degrees among three effects of urban infrastructure environment benefit of four cities were all at the level of moderately unbalanced development and the impacts of three effects on coupling coordination degree among them in four cities were fairly close.