Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy

No 2008/16: Electrification and energy productivity

Enflo Kerstin (), Astrid Kander () and Lennart Schön ()
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Enflo Kerstin: Department of Economic History, Lund University, Postal: Box 7083, S-220 07 LUND, Sweden
Astrid Kander: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: PO Box 117, Sölvegatan 16, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden
Lennart Schön: CIRCLE and Department of Economic History, Lund University, Postal: CIRCLE, Lund University, PO Box 117, Sölvegatan 16, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: Efficiency in energy use is crucial for sustainable development. We use cointegration analyses to investigate the effect of electricity on energy productivity in Swedish industry 1930-1990. Electricity augmented energy productivity in those industrial branches that used electricity for multiple purposes. This productivity effect goes beyond “book-keeping effects”, i. e. it is not only the result of electricity being produced in one sector (taking the energy transformation losses) and consumed in another (receiving the benefits).

Keywords: Energy; electricity; sustainable development; productivity

JEL-codes: O30

26 pages, December 1, 2008

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