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Economic Activity and Natural Gas as a Potential Destabilizer of the Slovenian Economy


  • Festic, Mejra

    () (Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor, Economic Institute EIPF, Slovenia)

  • Repina, Sebastijan

    () (Univ. grad. econ., Researcher, Economic Institute EIPF, Ljubljana.)


This article empirically investigates whether natural gas has the potential of destabilizing the Slovenian economy. The results confirmed the indirect relation that the increase in gas prices decelerates the dynamics of aggregate domestic consumption, which further decelerates activities in individual industries. An empirical analysis has proven that the natural gas does have the potential of forecasting the production trends in individual industries within the Slovenian economy. By using the dynamics of natural gas price movements (and other explanatory variables), we can forecast the dynamics of movements in the production of textiles, leather, fur and clothes, rubber and plastic-based products, metals, furniture, as well as in the processing industry, recycling, electricity, natural gas, steam and hot water supplies in Slovenia. The obtained results suggest that natural gas price shocks can influence economic activity beyond those explained by direct input cost effects and via the indirect effect of possibly delaying the purchase of goods.

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  • Festic, Mejra & Repina, Sebastijan, 2009. "Economic Activity and Natural Gas as a Potential Destabilizer of the Slovenian Economy," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 0(4), pages 132-152, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:rjr:romjef:v::y:2009:i:4:p:132-152

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    natural gas prices; production by industries; energy supply; aggregate domestic consumption.;

    JEL classification:

    • C2 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables
    • E0 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General
    • E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles
    • Q4 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy


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