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Undressing the emperor: A critical review of IEA’s WEO

Klaus Mohn ()

No 2016/6, UiS Working Papers in Economics and Finance from University of Stavanger

Abstract: Since the turn of the century The International Energy Agency (IEA) has assumed a gradually more important role in defining the agenda and outlook for energy and climate policies. This essay reviews the methodology and methods behind IEA’s World Energy Outlook, and then offers a critical review of assumptions and projections, focusing in particular on the outlook for economic growth, technological change, and investment in new renewable energy. The analysis suggests that important aspects of IEA’s scenarios are driven by critical exogenous assumptions. Moreover, vast resources and a competent research organization offer limited mitigation for outlook uncertainty, and IEA’s outlook should therefore be approached with the same caution as other global energy projections.

Keywords: Energy economics; macroeconomics; modelling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q41 Q43 Q47 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2016-06-03
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