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Energy Production and Regional Economic Growth in China: A More Comprehensive Analysis Using a Panel Model

  • Yaobin Liu

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    (School of Economics and Management, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, China)

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    China has witnessed a fast economic growth in the recent two decades. However, the heavy energy exploitation seems to show a negative relation to regional economic growth. Thus, the issue is whether the energy production is a curse or blessing for the regional economic growth in China. The present study deploys a comprehensive approach to rigorously prove the validity of a proposed panel data model that includes a second generation panel unit root test and panel cointegration and a spatial panel model. The results from the second generation panel unit root test and panel cointegration allowing for cross-sectional dependences show the differenced series are stationary and there exists a cointegration relationship among these variables for all sub-regions. The results from the spatial panel data model support the conjecture of the spatial dependent and show that there is a “resource curse” only for the Western region and Central region in China.

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    Volume (Year): 6 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 3 (March)
    Pages: 1409-1420

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