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A Panel Data Analysis of Electricity Demand in Pakistan

Azam Chaudhry

Lahore Journal of Economics, 2010, vol. 15, issue Special Edition, 75-106

Abstract: This paper looks at the economy-wide demand and the firm level demand for electricity in Pakistan. The economy wide estimation of electricity demand uses panel data from 63 countries from 1998-2008, and finds that the elasticity of demand for electricity with respect to per capita income is approximately 0.69, which implies that a 1% increase in per capita income will lead to a 0.69% increase in the demand for electricity. The firm level analysis uses firm level data from the World Bank’s Enterprise Survey for Pakistan and finds that the price elasticity of demand for electricity across all firms is approximately -0.57, which implies that a 1% increase in electricity prices will lead to a 0.57% decrease in electricity demand across firms. Across sectors, the textile sector has the highest price elasticity of demand (-0.81) while the price elasticity of demand for firms in the electricity and electronics sector is the smallest (-0.31). Finally, firm level data is also used to estimate production functions in order to estimate the impact of electricity shortages on manufacturing output.

Keywords: Electricity; demand; industrial; price elasticity; Pakistan. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q41 E39 E01 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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