Global Warming and Energy Demand by Terry Barker

By Terry Barker

I got here to this booklet by way of happenstance: an in depth research i used to be doing on Price/Demand Elasticity for electrical energy used to be going nowhere. no longer being a expert statistician, econometrician or economist myself, I lacked the technical instruments to appreciate the place the matter lied. additional, i could not locate the study assisting my assumptions as to what used to be going improper. for instance, the pitfalls of time-series info research and the way cross-sectional or maybe panel facts helped with a few of these shortcomings (in no specific order: excessive sensitivity of the estimates with recognize to diversifications of the pattern interval; very constrained forecasting energy (and over-fitting); multicollinearity; uneven elasticity...).

This little ebook is written in layman's phrases, and helps assumptions with references to different reports. It seems that researchers had had an analogous difficulties a few many years in the past, whilst attempting to degree the influence of oil shocks on strength intake. results are lengthy ranging since you do not easily swap your automobile whilst fuel is going up, similar to you do not circulation domestic or purchase a brand new A/C unit if electrical energy costs spike.

"Global Warming and effort call for" discusses statistical methodologies in sufficient information to be important, but retains the maths to a minimal and systematically issues to extra experiences for the reader. This allowed me to help my assumptions/recommendations with theories, charges and references.

For the extra bold reader, there are extra suggestions of different books. particularly, I recommend the "Analysis of Panel facts" through Cheng Hsiao (2nd version) which does a very good activity at highlighting the various suggestions used with Panel info modeling and monitoring an in depth physique of analysis at the topic. a good way to dig deeper in cross-sectional research and their comparative merits and downsides, examine Frees' "Longitudinal and Panel Data". either those books are a bit heavier at the math, however the moment specifically has a bankruptcy on Matrix Algebra for the fewer quant-savvy reader. additionally, either are very reasonable, particularly in comparison to the common educational paintings (and i used to be capable of buy either off Amazon for under Barker's international Warming and effort Demand). if you would like a neater learn and will simply come up with the money for one publication even though, i would select Hsiao's.

Ok, again to Barker's booklet. I do suggest it, and never just for the pro seeking to comprehend the impact of world warming on strength call for. This booklet has much more to supply, do not be stopped via a restrictive identify. additionally, and whereas an up-to-date variation will be great for the energy-demand particular stuff, do not allow the date (1994) flip you off: all of the paintings on elasticity is particularly a lot a-temporal. until eventually we absolutely comprehend the influence of modern typical fuel and Oil costs hike (might be in 10 years for all I know), the simplest old instance we will be able to flip to is the oil shocks within the 70s. The booklet does an grand activity at that.

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4) 18 ESTIMATING LONG-TERM ENERGY ELASTICITIES where the coefficients λi and βi are assumed to vary randomly across groups. The argument below applies to models with lags of higher order on both y and xit. A random intercept can be allowed for in this model by including unity as an element in xit. Dynamic models for panels where the slope coefficients are assumed to be fixed across groups are surveyed by Sevestre and Trognon (1992). The first issue is that the choice of the long-run parameters of interest and the specification of the random coefficient model is not unambiguous in dynamic heterogeneous panel models.

2) where β is fixed and the ηi have zero means and a given covariance matrix. We also assume that {xit}, {εit} and {ηi} are independently distributed. There are four procedures that could be applied to such data fields. 1 Cross-section estimators The data could be averaged over time periods and a cross-section regression run on these ‘time averages’ defined by The cross-section regression is given by which yields the estimates This is known as the ‘between’ estimator in the panel literature. 2 Aggregate time-series estimators The data could be averaged over groups and an aggregate time-series regression run on the group means (aggregates for each period).

This is due to the fact that is correlated with even for large T. 9a) Thus the coefficients of the level of the explanatory variables in the cross-section regression are in fact the appropriate long-run averages. It may appear that the usual cross-sections, estimated purely from levels, are misspecified to the extent that they omit the growth terms ΔTyi. However, asymptotically the growth terms such as ΔTyi (and ΔTxi had xi, t−1 appeared in the regression) are uncorrelated with the levels terms, so omitting them does not affect the consistency of the average long-run effects.

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