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Energies 2015, 8(11), 12718-12728; doi:10.3390/en81112335

Are Shocks to Wood Fuel Production Permanent? Evidence from the EU

Economics Unit, Luleå University of Technology, SE-971 87 Luleå, Sweden
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Received: 31 August 2015 / Revised: 26 October 2015 / Accepted: 1 November 2015 / Published: 11 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Economics of Bioenergy 2015)
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This paper investigates whether shocks (economic effects) to wood fuel production for 18 countries of the European Union (EU) over the period 1961–2012 are temporary or persistent. A variety of time-series and panel data unit root tests are employed. The presence of structural breaks is taken into account when performing those tests. Wood production in approximately 78% of the countries is found to follow a non-stationary process supported by the result that most of the panel unit root tests also point towards a non-stationary process. This indicates that the economic effect will tend to be persistent and suggests that policies affecting wood fuel production, implicitly or explicitly, will have enduring effects. For instance, forest conservation policies will persistently reduce the wood fuel production level. View Full-Text
Keywords: wood fuel production; cross-sectional dependence; structural breaks; unit root tests wood fuel production; cross-sectional dependence; structural breaks; unit root tests
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Jaunky, V.C.; Lundmark, R. Are Shocks to Wood Fuel Production Permanent? Evidence from the EU. Energies 2015, 8, 12718-12728.

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