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The Impact of Renewable Energy Consumption to Economic Welfare: A Panel Data Application

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  • Roula Inglesi-Lotz

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pretoria, South Africa)

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Internationally, the importance of renewable energy in the energy mix has been increasingly appreciated. The advantages of the renewable energy usage for the world’s energy security and the environment are indisputable and much discussed in the literature. However, its effects on the economic welfare of the countries are yet to be examined fully and described properly. The purpose of this paper is to estimate the impact of the renewable energy consumption to economic welfare by employing panel data techniques. The results show that the influence of renewable energy consumption or its share to the total energy mix to economic growth is positive and statistically significant. From a policy point of view, promoting renewable energies bears benefits not only for the environment but also for the economic conditions of the countries.

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Paper provided by University of Pretoria, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 201315.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2013
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Handle: RePEc:pre:wpaper:201315

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Keywords: Renewable energy; economic welfare; OECD countries; panel data analysis;

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  1. Inglesi-Lotz, R. & Blignaut, J.N., 2012. "Electricity intensities of the OECD and South Africa: A comparison," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 16(7), pages 4491-4499.
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