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How large is the economy-wide rebound effect in middle income countries? Evidence from Iran

Mahboubeh Jafari, David Stern () and Stephan B. Bruns

Ecological Economics, 2022, vol. 193, issue C

Abstract: Recent research suggests that the economy-wide rebound effect is near 100% in several high-income countries. Is it similarly large in middle-income countries? Iran is a middle-income country that is also a large oil producer. We estimate the economy-wide rebound effect for Iran using a structural vector autoregressive model and quarterly data from 1988:3 to 2018:1. We identify the structural shocks by independent component analysis, a statistical identification technique that does not require us to impose restrictions based on economic theory on the model. The results show that in response to an energy efficiency shock energy use falls initially but returns to near its original level over time. The economy-wide rebound effect in Iran is 84% after 6 years and its confidence interval includes 100%. This implies that policies that encourage energy efficiency innovation will have limited long-term impact on energy use.

Keywords: Rebound effect; Energy efficiency; SVAR; Statistical identification; ICA; Iran (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2021.107325

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