Ladu, Maria Gabriela and Meleddu, Marta (2014) Is there any relationship between energy and TFP (total factor productivity)? A panel cointegration approach for Italian regions. Energy, Vol. 75 , p. 560-567. ISSN 0360-5442. Article.
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The aim of this work is to examine the long run relationship between TFP (total factor productivity) and energy consumption in Italy from 1996 to 2008 at a regional level. Differently from previous studies, TFP is employed as a measure of economic growth and therefore of technological change. Dynamic Panel estimation technique is used to investigate whether a connection between TFP and energy use exists and its direction. Results show a bi-directional causality for the Italian regions implying that those regions characterized by a higher TFP would invest more in research rather than in energy intensive activities, improving in that way the use of scarce resources and favoring a sustainable growth.
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