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Sustainable Energy Development in Saudi Arabia

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  • Mounir Belloumi

    () (Laboratoire du Management d'Innovation et du Developpement Durable, University of Sousse, Sousse 4023, Tunisia
    College of Administrative Sciences, Najran University, Najran 1988, Saudi Arabia
    These authors contributed equally to this work.)

  • Atef Saad Alshehry

    () (College of Administrative Sciences, Najran University, Najran 1988, Saudi Arabia
    These authors contributed equally to this work.)

Abstract

The main objective of this research is to study the role of energy consumption in economic growth in Saudi Arabia over the period of 1971–2012 using the autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) cointegration procedure, and based on neoclassical growth, endogenous growth, and ecological-economics viewpoints. Our empirical results show the existence of a cointegrating relationship between the different variables investigated. In addition, all the inputs (conventional and non-conventional) Granger cause economic growth in both the short and long runs. Our findings confirm the energy-led growth hypothesis in the case of Saudi Arabia. Hence, energy conservation policies may deteriorate economic growth in Saudi Arabia if they are not followed by measures that improve energy efficiency, energy saving technologies and encourage the investment and use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energies that can participate in the attenuation of climate changes.

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  • Mounir Belloumi & Atef Saad Alshehry, 2015. "Sustainable Energy Development in Saudi Arabia," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(5), pages 1-18, April.
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    Keywords

    ARDL bounds testing; energy-led growth hypothesis; Saudi Arabia;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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