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Measuring Energy Congestion in Chinese Industrial Sectors: A Slacks-Based DEA Approach

F. Wu, P. Zhou () and D. Zhou
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Peng Zhou ()

Computational Economics, 2015, vol. 46, issue 3, 479-494

Abstract: Measuring the magnitude of energy congestion provides useful information for determining the optimal level of energy input with reference to other inputs. This paper clarifies the concept of energy congestion and adapts a slacks-based DEA method to examine the energy congestion effect in Chinese industrial sectors over time. Our empirical results show that Chinese industrial sectors showed an increasing trend in energy congestion. The size of energy congestion effect varied across different provinces and regions. The central area had a significantly higher amount of energy congestion than that in west area, while the east area registered for the lowest energy congestion inefficiency. On average, 32 % of the energy consumption in Chinese industry was excessively used. A multiple regression analysis within a panel data analysis framework shows that the total energy consumption and industrial value added per capita have a positive while total-factor energy efficiency has a negative effect on energy congestion. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Keywords: Energy congestion; Data envelopment analysis; Energy efficiency; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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