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Energy productivity convergence within the Australian construction industry: A panel data study

Le Ma, M. Reza Hosseini, Weiling Jiang, Igor Martek and Anthony Mills

Energy Economics, 2018, vol. 72, issue C, 313-320

Abstract: Energy productivity reflecting the volume of goods and services with one-unit consumption of energy has become an important indicator of production and competitiveness within the construction industry. In order to understand the long-run growth patterns of energy productivity in the Australian construction industry, this study investigates the convergence of the construction energy productivity across a sample of seven Australian regions, from 1987 to 2014, and identifies regional clubs for future effective-energy-consumption strategy of production. Using a panel data approach, the study presents a picture of the impacts of the influential components on the equilibrium and growth patterns of construction energy productivity across the studied regions. The findings provide a better understanding of the impact of booms and busts on the Australian construction energy productivity, at the state level. This adds to the body of knowledge on construction productivity by adapting a panel data approach of the convergence study into construction energy productivity.

Keywords: Construction energy productivity; Construction industry; Convergence; Panel data study; Australia; Dynamic patterns (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 L74 N67 N77 O13 P18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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