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Does energy consumption cause economic growth?: Evidence from a systematic study of over 100 countries

  • Chontanawat, Jaruwan
  • Hunt, Lester C.
  • Pierse, Richard

Energy arguably plays a vital role in economic development. Hence many studies have attempted to test for causality between energy and economic growth; however, no consensus has emerged. This paper, therefore, tests for causality between energy and GDP using a consistent data set and methodology for over 100 countries. Causality from energy to GDP is found to be more prevalent in the developed OECD countries compared to the developing non-OECD countries; implying that a policy to reduce energy consumption aimed at reducing emissions is likely to have greater impact on the GDP of the developed rather than the developing world.

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Volume (Year): 30 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 209-220

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