JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2013, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (11): 1858-1868.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.2013.11.003

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Is the Quality of Economic Growth in Concordance with Energy Efficiency?

CHEN Xi-hong1, LI Chang-qing1, ZHANG Guo-rong2, JI Hui-lin3, BAI Shuang-zhu2   

  1. 1. Management College of Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Huhhot 010051, China;
    2. Inner Mongolia No. 2 Electric Power Construction Engineering Co., Ltd, Huhhot 010010, China;
    3. Hohhot Vocational College, Huhhot 010051, China
  • Received:2012-11-27 Revised:2013-02-06 Online:2013-11-20 Published:2013-11-20
  • Contact: 李长青(1956-),男(汉),湖北人,教授、博士研究生导师,研究方向为能源经济。

Abstract: This paper proposes the concept of society-wide energy efficiency from the perspective of society-wide energy conservation, and constructs the index system in the quality of economic growth. Based on a panel data at the provincial level from 1997 to 2007, we employ the method of Malmquist DEA to measure and factorize the general index of technology progress, and analyze the mechanism of interaction between the quality of economic growth and energy efficiency. The empirical results suggest that the quality of economic growth and energy efficiency do not always change in the same direction. Specifically, improving environmental quality, technology progress and upgrading industrial structure may promote energy efficiency; but increasing the proportion of exports and improving the quality of life may embarrass energy efficiency. The effects of technical progress, technical efficiency, pure technical efficiency and scale efficiency on energy efficiency are positive. The contribution of technical progress to energy efficiency is smaller than that of technical efficiency. Pure technical efficiency and scale efficiency declined from 1997 to 2007, which weakened the positive effect of technological progress. The national energy efficiency growth slowdown is mainly due to the decline of the national pure technical efficiency, which is caused by the decrease of pure technical efficiency of the central and western regions.

Key words: Malmquist DEA, resource economics, the quality of economic growth, society-wide energy efficiency

CLC Number: 

  • F062.1