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Oil usage, gas consumption and economic growth: Evidence from Poland

Lach, Łukasz (2014): Oil usage, gas consumption and economic growth: Evidence from Poland. Forthcoming in: Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy

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Abstract

This paper investigates causal links between economic growth, oil consumption and natural gas usage in Poland on the basis of quarterly data for the period Q1 2000 – Q4 2009. The application of the Toda–Yamamoto procedure, a nonlinear Granger causality test, bootstrap techniques and an analysis of VECM led to the conclusion that both oil and natural gas usage caused GDP growth in the short–term. However, in the long–term causality ran in the opposite direction. Both these findings are believed to be the consequence of the recent transformation of the Polish economy from energy intensive activities towards services, which in general are not energy–consuming.

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