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Does energy use cause economic growth in Latin America?


  • Roberto Past�n
  • Rodrigo Saens
  • Roberto Contreras Mar�n


This study analyses the relationship between energy consumption and economic growth, using annual panel data from 16 Latin American countries over the period 1971-2001. We use a random coefficient (RC) method to control for both finite sample and sample-heterogeneity biases. Our results show (1) a long-run relationship between real GDP, energy consumption, labour force and real capital stock and (2) a long-run unidirectional causality running from energy to economic growth. These results support the energy-driven growth hypothesis.

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  • Roberto Past�n & Rodrigo Saens & Roberto Contreras Mar�n, 2015. "Does energy use cause economic growth in Latin America?," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(17), pages 1399-1403, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:22:y:2015:i:17:p:1399-1403
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2015.1034834

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