Divergence in Per Capita Electric Power Consumption: An African Perspective

14 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2008

Date Written: December 22, 2008

Abstract

This paper tests for convergence in relative per capita electric power consumption for 22 African countries, covering the period 1971-2002. Parametric techniques which are regressions and unit root tests are used. Neoclassical convergence hypothesis such as the beta-convergence is rejected while evidence in support of sigma-convergence is obtained. Stochastic convergence is further investigated by applying a battery of time-series and panel unit roots tests. Strong evidence of stochastic divergence is found after controlling for cross-sectional dependence. Finally, non-parametric techniques based on kernels reveal some evidence of club-formation.

Keywords: Convergence, Electric Power Consumption, Panel Unit Root Tests, Distribution Dynamics, Africa

JEL Classification: C23, Q41

Suggested Citation

Jaunky, Vishal C., Divergence in Per Capita Electric Power Consumption: An African Perspective (December 22, 2008). Applied Econometrics and International Development, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1319396

Vishal C. Jaunky (Contact Author)

University of Mauritius ( email )

Reduit, 80837
Mauritius

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