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We study the relationship and the causal link between Electric Power Consumption, EPC, and GrossDomestic Product, GDP (both per capita) for 17 countries in Latin America, Canada and the USA. Consideringthat many of these economies underwent important economic crises in the last three decades, we thereforemodel the EPC-GDP relationship through a VEC specification that allows for structural breaks, along with arobust testing methodology of causal links based on the concepts of weak and super exogeneity, rather thanGranger causality. Evidence favorable to the growth hypothesis (EPC→GDP) is found for eight countries,while data of three countries support the conservation hypothesis (GDP→EPC). For three countries evidenceis favorable to the neutrality hypothesis, but should be considered with caution. As for the remaining fivecountries the evidence is not conclusive.
Energy consumption Economic growth VECM Causal links Structural breaks