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Linking energy consumption with economic growth: Rwanda as a case study
Titolo Rivista: ECONOMICS AND POLICY OF ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT 
Autori/Curatori: Gerard Bikorimana, Charles Rutikanga, Didier Mwizerwa 
Anno di pubblicazione:  2020 Fascicolo: 2  Lingua: Inglese 
Numero pagine:  20 P. 181-200 Dimensione file:  410 KB
DOI:  10.3280/EFE2020-002008
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This paper analyzes the link between energy consumption and economic growth in Rwanda for the period 1985-2017. The ARDL bounds test was used to test for the existence of co-integration, while the Toda and Yamamoto granger causality test was applied to test for causal direction. The results from the estimation of the ARDL bounds test showed that there was no evidence of co-integration between the considered variables under study. Additionally, the empirical findings confirmed that there was no relationship between economic growth and energy consumption in Rwanda. The findings supported the "neutrality hypothesis" between energy consumption and economic growth. This implies that neither conservative nor expansive policies in relation to energy consumption have any effect on economic growth. Furthermore, the study found a uni-directional granger causality running from energy consumption to economic growth. The results of this findings are consistent with the "growth hypothesis" which postulates that energy consumption leads to economic growth


Keywords: Energy consumption, economic growth, causality, co-integration, Rwanda
Jel Code: C22, Q43, O13, O55

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Gerard Bikorimana, Charles Rutikanga, Didier Mwizerwa, in "ECONOMICS AND POLICY OF ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT" 2/2020, pp. 181-200, DOI:10.3280/EFE2020-002008

   

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