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Energy use for economic growth: A trivariate analysis from Tunisian agriculture sector
Energy Policy (2012)
  • Maamar Sebri
  • Mehdi Abid, University of Sousse
Abstract
Following the importance of energy in the agrarian economies, the investigation of the causal relationship between energy consumption in agriculture sector and economic growth has a fundamental role in implementing suitable policies. This paper examines the causal relationship between energy consumption and agricultural value added, controlling for trade openness, in Tunisia from 1980 to 2007. The relationship is investigated at aggregated as well as disaggregated components of energy consumption, including oil and electricity. Using Granger's technique, it is shown that various results are obtained regarding the direction of causality between competing variables. Nevertheless, the most common finding suggest that trade openness and both aggregated and disaggregated energy consumption Granger causes agricultural value added. Therefore, the energy-led growth and trade-led growth hypotheses are supported in the Tunisian agriculture sector. An important policy implication resulting from this study is that energy can be considered as a limiting factor to agriculture value added and, therefore, shocks to energy supply would have a negative impact onto agriculture performance. Furthermore, trade liberalization seems to be a stimulus factor to the Tunisian agriculture development.
Keywords
  • Agricultural energy consumption,
  • Causality,
  • Economic growth
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Maamar Sebri and Mehdi Abid. "Energy use for economic growth: A trivariate analysis from Tunisian agriculture sector" Energy Policy Vol. 48 Iss. C (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/maamar_sebri/2/