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Electricity consumption and economic growth, the case of Lebanon

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  • Abosedra, Salah
  • Dah, Abdallah
  • Ghosh, Sajal
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    In this paper we investigate the causal relationship between electricity consumption and economic growth for Lebanon, using monthly data for Lebanon covering the period January 1995 to December 2005. Empirical results of the study confirm the absence of a long-term equilibrium relationship between electricity consumption and economic growth in Lebanon but the existence of unidirectional causality running from electricity consumption to economic growth when examined in a bivariate vector autoregression framework with change in temperature and relative humidity as exogenous variables. Thus, the policy makers in Lebanon should place priority in early stages of reconstruction on building capacity additions and infrastructure development of the electric power sector of Lebanon, as this would propel the economic growth of the country.

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    Volume (Year): 86 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4 (April)
    Pages: 429-432

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    Keywords: Electricity consumption Causality Growth;

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