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Elasticity of substitution in capital-energy relationships: how central is a sector-based panel estimation approach?

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  • Valeria Costantini

    () (Dipartimento di Economia, Roma Tre University, Roma, CERIS-CNR, Milano.)

  • Elena Paglialunga

    () (Dipartimento di Economia, Roma Tre University, Roma.)

Abstract

The challenging climate change reduction policies envisaged by current international negotiations have fuelled the debate on abatement cost assessment. One specific issue under investigation is the role of behavioural parameters in influencing cost assessment results. This paper specifically addresses the computation of energy-output and capital-energy substitution elasticity values in ten manufacturing sectors for OECD countries. The paper contains five novelties with regard to the existing literature: i) energy-output elasticities are computed for disaggregated manufacturing sectors for a long time span (1970-2008) for a panel of 21 OECD countries; ii) capital-energy substitution elasticity is estimated at aggregate level for the whole manufacturing sector for the same longitudinal dataset; iii) capital-energy substitution elasticities are also accurately estimated for 10 distinguished manufacturing sectors ; iv) average substitution values at sector level are computed by comparing several alternative econometric estimation methods; v) average substitution values at sector level are also computed for separate sub-periods in order to trace the dynamics over time of these behavioural parameters. These results should constitute the basis for sensitivity analysis for several forecasting economic models by computing abatement costs derived from climate change policies.

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  • Valeria Costantini & Elena Paglialunga, 2014. "Elasticity of substitution in capital-energy relationships: how central is a sector-based panel estimation approach?," SEEDS Working Papers 1314, SEEDS, Sustainability Environmental Economics and Dynamics Studies, revised May 2014.
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    1. Zachlod-Jelec, Magdalena & Boratynski, Jakub, 2016. "How large and uncertain are costs of 2030 GHG emissions reduction target for the European countries? Sensitivity analysis in a global CGE model," MF Working Papers 26, Ministry of Finance in Poland.
    2. Alessandro Antimiani & Valeria Costantini & Elena Paglialunga, 2015. "An analysis of the sensitivity of a dynamic climate-economy CGE model (GDynE) to empirically estimated energy-related elasticity parameters," SEEDS Working Papers 0515, SEEDS, Sustainability Environmental Economics and Dynamics Studies, revised Mar 2015.

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    Keywords

    capital-energy substitution elasticity; Allen elasticity of substitution; translog function; manufacturing sectors.;

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    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General
    • Q43 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy and the Macroeconomy
    • Q47 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy Forecasting

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