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Sector value addition, technology and CO2 emissions in Saudi Arabia

Nahla Samargandi ()

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2017, vol. 78, issue C, 868-877

Abstract: This study assesses the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) hypothesis with the case study of Saudi Arabia by considering three channels: volume of production, sector value addition to GDP and technological innovation. Using a long time-series data set and applying autoregressive distributed lags (ARDL) methodology, this study nullifies the existence of the EKC hypothesis in the case of Saudi Arabia. The study also provides robust evidence that economic growth fosters CO2 emissions linearly. The results also present that the value addition of growth in the industrial and service sectors is responsible for faster growth in CO2 emissions, while agriculture value addition is negatively and insignificantly associated with emissions. Finally, this study shows that technological innovation is insignificant in helping to reduce CO2 emissions. Thus, substantial technological progress in the production process would reduce CO2 emissions without harming economic growth.

Keywords: Sector value addition; Technological innovation; CO2 emissions; ARDL; Saudi Arabia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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