Thomas Co-authors Article on Energy Use, Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Valerie Thomas

Posted June 8, 2022

Professor Valerie Thomas, who holds a joint appointment in the School of Public Policy, co-authored a paper that was published in the International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy. The piece is titled “The Statistical Relationship Between Economic Growth and Total Energy Use: Evidence from Panel Co-Integration and Granger-Causality Investigation of SSA Countries.”

In it, Thomas and her co-authors analyze the relationship between economic growth and energy use in sub-Saharan Africa. They run a number of tests on data collected between 1989 and 2017 and find a causal relationship between the two variables.

“The results suggest that economic growth in SSA can be supported by promoting growth in productivity of the energy industries,” the authors write.

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