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The long-run relationships between transport energy consumption, transport infrastructure, and economic growth in MENA countries

Saidi, Samir; Shahbaz, Muhammad; Akhtar, Pervaiz

Authors

Samir Saidi

Muhammad Shahbaz

Pervaiz Akhtar



Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of transport energy consumption and transport infrastructure on economic growth by utilizing panel data on MENA countries (the Middle East and North Africa region) for the period of 2000-2016. The MENA region panel is divided into three sub-groups of countries: GCC panel (containing the Gulf Cooperation Council countries), N-GCC panel (containing countries that are not members of the Gulf Cooperation Council), and North African countries (called MATE — Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt). Using the Generalized Method of Moments (GMM), we find that transport energy consumption significantly adds to economic growth in MENA, N-GCC and MATE regions. Transport infrastructure positively contribute to economic growth in all regions. The Dumitrescu-Hurlin panel causality analysis shows the feedback effect of transport energy consumption and transport infrastructure with economic growth. The empirical results add a new dimension to the importance of investing in modern infrastructure that facilitates the use of more energy-efficient modes and alternative technologies that positively affect the economy with minimizing negative externalities.

Citation

Saidi, S., Shahbaz, M., & Akhtar, P. (2018). The long-run relationships between transport energy consumption, transport infrastructure, and economic growth in MENA countries. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 111, 78-95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2018.03.013

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 7, 2018
Online Publication Date Mar 15, 2018
Publication Date May 1, 2018
Deposit Date May 22, 2018
Publicly Available Date Mar 16, 2019
Journal Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Print ISSN 0965-8564
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 111
Pages 78-95
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2018.03.013
Keywords Management Science and Operations Research; Civil and Structural Engineering; Transportation
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/823539
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0965856417312478?via%3Dihub
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: The long-run relationships between transport energy consumption, transport infrastructure, and economic growth in MENA countries; Journal Title: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2018.03.013; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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