Revisiting the Energy-Development Link

Evidence from the 20th Century for Knowledge-based and Developing Economies

  • Kostas Bithas
  • Panos Kalimeris

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Economics book series (BRIEFSECONOMICS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Kostas Bithas, Panos Kalimeris
    Pages 1-4
  3. Kostas Bithas, Panos Kalimeris
    Pages 5-10
  4. Kostas Bithas, Panos Kalimeris
    Pages 11-15
  5. Kostas Bithas, Panos Kalimeris
    Pages 17-22
  6. Kostas Bithas, Panos Kalimeris
    Pages 23-37
  7. Kostas Bithas, Panos Kalimeris
    Pages 39-71
  8. Kostas Bithas, Panos Kalimeris
    Pages 73-82
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 83-89

About this book

Introduction

Unravelling the intricate relationship between economic development and energy consumption, this book proposes an innovative framework for the empirical investigation of the link between the economy and natural resources. It proposes a novel set of indicators to shed light on those aspects of the economic process and development that determine their requirements in terms of natural resources. Employing updated databases, this book presents tables and diagrams to compare the conventional and the new estimates of the linkage between energy and economic development (Energy Intensity) throughout the world, over the last 100 years.

Whereas estimates based on the established framework for evaluating the link between energy resources and the economy indicate a strong decoupling trend, the new indicators follow substantially different paths which suggest a strong coupling between economic growth and energy use. These differences -which call into question the prevailing opinion of decoupling- are fundamental for the prospects of sustainability.

This book provides a valuable resource for economists, energy and environmental analysts, natural resource managers and policy makers. It is also intended for students of ecological economics, sustainability studies, natural resource and energy economics.

Keywords

Decoupling effect Economy and natural resources Energy intensity of the production process Physical properties of the production process Scarcity of energy resources and limits to growth Sustainable development and energy resources The link between economic development and energy consumption

Authors and affiliations

  • Kostas Bithas
    • 1
  • Panos Kalimeris
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Urban Environment and Human Resources, Department of Economics and Regional DevelopmentPanteion UniversityAthensGreece
  2. 2.Institute of Urban Environment and Human Resources, Department of Economics and Regional DevelopmentPanteion UniversityAthensGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20732-2
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-20731-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-20732-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5504
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5512
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