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The role of energy in economic growth

Stern, David


This paper reviews the mainstream, resource economics, and ecological economics models of growth. A possible synthesis of energy-based and mainstream models is presented. This shows that when energy is scarce it imposes a strong constraint on the growth of the economy; however, when energy is abundant, its effect on economic growth is much reduced. The industrial revolution released the constraints on economic growth by the development of new methods of using coal and the discovery of new...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2010.05921.x


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