Does tourism investment improve the energy efficiency in transportation and residential sectors? Evidence from the OECD economies

Haiping Li, Giray Gozgor, Chi Keung Lau, Sudharshan Reddy Paramati

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This paper investigates the impact of tourism investments on energy efficiency across the transportation and residential sectors of 32 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development economies. Using annual data from 1995 to 2012, we employ various panel econometric techniques to achieve the study objectives. Given the nature of variables, the paper applies panel autoregressive distributed lag models to estimate the long-run elasticities of energy intensity. The long-run estimates confirm that tourism investments play an essential role in improving energy efficiency across the transportation and residential sectors. Furthermore, the results show that both the foreign direct investment inflows and trade openness also play a considerable role in reducing energy uses across these sectors. Finally, the findings suggest that the tourism investments Granger cause energy efficiency of transportation and residential sectors in the short-run. Given these findings, the paper adds considerable value to the empirical literature and also provides various policy- and practical implications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18834-18845
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Issue number18
Early online date7 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


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